planetGOLD’s New Statement and Blog on the Coronavirus
By Artisanal Gold Council - April 13, 2020
planetGOLD’s programme manager Ludovic Bernaudat recently issued a statement on COVID-19 and its impacts on both the programme and the world of artisanal and small-scale mining. “During this time of uncertainty and disruption,” Bernaudat said “our first priority is to take every precaution necessary to protect programme staff, families and communities.”
planetGOLD has also established a blog on the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on artisanal and small scale mining communities in various countries around the world.
planetGOLD is an innovative programme that aims to improve the lives of artisanal and small-scale gold miners by focusing on four core areas: technical solutions, access to finance, formalisation, and knowledge creation / awareness raising. planetGOLD has programmes in nine countries spanning the ASGM sector’s principle regions globally: Burkina Faso, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Indonesia, Kenya, Mongolia, Peru and the Philippines.
planetGOLD is led by the UN Environment Programme and supported by the Global Environment Fund (GEF), in partnership with Conservation International (CI), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), and the Minamata Convention on Mercury.