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Technical Guidance Document

UNEP Guidance Document Released in 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 is aimed 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.

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The Technical Guidance Document is available in three languages