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ASGM Projects: Indonesia



Background and Objectives

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.


  • Ten sluices, ninety retorts and fifty water-box condensers were distributed to miners who had been trained in their use.
  • In parallel with this technical training, a number of events were held to raise the awareness of miners and processors, health professionals, schoolteachers and NGO leaders of the dangers of mercury use.
  •  Information materials were developed with local community leaders so that appropriate messages about mercury can be delivered to those at greatest risk of exposure.



  • As a result of the project mercury releases to the environment were reduced by an estimated 3,000 kg in a single year by training small-scale gold miners in Indonesia to use improved processing techniques.
  • The work to develop the National Strategic Plan to reduce mercury use from ASGM was initiated. The NAP was finalized in 2014.


For more information please refer to the project report. 

This project was also referred in UNEP’s annual report 2013.