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The most recent projects conducted independently by Partners and others can be found below (Updated October 2014).

If you are a Partner and wish to have your project featured here, please contact metal.chemicals@unep.org with a copy to Usman Tariq (usman.tariq@unep.org).

Cleangold Magnetic Sluice Technology

Cleangold’s technologies demonstrate how mercury-free alternatives can be applied to many different mining settings to extract gold as efficiently as possible.

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Developpment of Mercury-free and waste management processes

A coalition of government officials, processing center owners, engineering experts, and foreign investors develop mercury-free and waste management processes.

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In a remote area of northern Peru, artisanal miners learn mining theory and practice

A total of 46 miners from Piura, Peru were trained at a demonstration plant in Portovelo, Ecuador.

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Pilot mercury-free processing system and training center

Providing a comprehensive model to reduce the environmental and health impacts of the ASGM sector.

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Reducing mercury use in ASGM, Indonesia (2013)

UNEP implemented a project on reducing mercury use in Artisasnal and Small scale gold mining in Indonesia. The project, led by Blacksmith Institute and Yayasan Tambuhak Sinta in collaboration with UNEP and funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency, gathered data on mercury releases from the ASGM sector and brought together representatives from local and national Government, local mining offices, research institutes and mining NGOs to develop a national strategic plan for the sector considering broader sustainable development objectives. 

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Mine expansion project undertaken in Cote d'Ivoire in 2012

ASGM has emerged in recent years to become a dominant livelihood in an Ivoirian town, leading to significant levels of growth in the population and economy. This study provides a brief historical overview of ASGM activities in the region, details governance structures and supply chains, and begins to assess the economic impact of an industrial mine expansion on the local economy.


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Artisanal and small-scale gold mining in and around protected areas and critical ecosystems

Undertaken in Sierra Leone, 2011, The study describes reasons for, and the challenges with, illegal ASM and provides recommendations that can help GRNP’s management to resolve unsustainable practices.

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ASM Baseline Report and Management Plan for ASM/LSM Interactions in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 2010.

The study investigates the complex ASGM/LSM interactions on a mining concession in the DRC. The study found that development of an industrial mining project will face a high degree of uncertainty, lack of information, potential conflict triggers, and many vested economic and political interests related to existing and historical ASGM activity. 

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Bantoxics Phillipines Project: Conversion from Whole Ore Amalgamation to Hg-free Gold Mining

This project oversaw the close-knit tribal region in the Ga’ang mining area in the Kalinga province, Philippines, convert from whole ore amalgamation to Hg-free gold mining.

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Mercury-free Processing Plant in Mongolia

A pilot plant clearly demonstrating the economic, health, and environmental benefits of Hg-free technologies leads to widespread adoption and investment by the Mongolian government, private investors, and even the miners.

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