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Technical Guidance Document

Technical GuidanceReducing Mercury Use in Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining: A Practical Guide June 2012

This document has been produced to help inform policy makers, miners and civil society about available technologies and approaches for reducing, and ultimately eliminating, mercury use in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM)

The document aims to be a simple educational and planning tool for improving practices in ASGM and to provide some explanation of the technical fundamentals that underpin and encourage formalization. It is also hoped that this booklet is an informative resource with which to learn more about the often misunderstood ASGM sector.

The Technical Guidance Document is available in three languages

Reducing mercury use in artisanal and small-scale gold mining: a practical guide [EN]

Guide Practique: Réduire L'utilisation de Mercure dans le Secteur de L'orpaillage et de L'exploitation Minière Artisanal [FR]

Guía práctica: Reducción del uso de mercurio en la minería de oro artesanal y de pequeña escala [SP]