UNEP initiated regional projects in South East Asia and South America under the Quick Start Programme of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management in cooperation with a number of interested partners.
The projects are contributing to existing capacity building efforts to tackle this challenging issue. The projects relate to protecting human health and the environment from mercury in artisanal and small scale gold mining (ASGM).
i) Government commitment in addressing ASGM is secured.
ii) Multi-stakeholder strategic plans for mercury reductions in ASGM developed, building upon on-going activity to address mercury and artisanal mining and building capacity for regional collaboration for addressing ASGM.
iii) Regional collaboration and coordination is enhanced.
i) National Steering Committee is formed and workplan to implement the national aspect of the project is prepared.
ii) Guidance on the development of a national strategic plan relating to mercury releases in ASGM is developed.
iii) Multi-stakeholder national strategic plan for ASGM is developed relevant countries participating in the projects.
iv) Regional collaboration and coordination is enhanced through exchange of experiences and lessons learned on a regional level.
v) Stakeholders identified. Coordination of national stakeholders as well as public participation in activities is improved.
A draft guidance document is part of the commitment of UNEP to the Quick Start project. This document is available in English, French and Spanish at the following link. The document is intended as guidance for Governments in the development of a national strategic plan relating to improving practices and working conditions in artisanal and small scale gold mining and reducing its impact on the global environment. It aims to assist in uniting various levels of Government, miners, civil society and the public in a common mission to improve the quality of life in artisanal and small scale gold mining communities. Any part of the text in this document may be used in drafting a National Strategic Plan.
Results from the Asia Region
Inception workshop meeting report is available here (held in the Philippines in January 2010)
Conclusion workshop meeting report is available here (held in Cambodia in March 2011)
Philippines National Strategic Plan
Cambodia National Strategic Plan.
South America - The inception workshop for the South America Region took place from 22-24 June 2010 in La Paz, Bolivia.