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Removal of Barriers to the Introduction of Cleaner Artisanal Mining and Extraction Technologies

Environmental impacts resulting from the application of mercury in the processing of gold within the artisanal mining sector and their effects on International Waterbodies require concerted and coordinated global responses. The long-term objective of this project is to assist a pilot suite of developing countries located in several key transboundary river/lake basins in assessing the extent of pollution from current activities, introduce cleaner gold mining and extraction technology which minimize or eliminate mercury releases and develop capacity and regulatory mechanisms that will enable the sector to minimize negative environmental impacts. This will be accompanied by development of monitoring programs and in collaboration with participating Governments, development of policies and legislation that will lead to practical and implementable standards for artisanal gold mining. In order to ensure sustainability of the monitoring programs, the project will aim to build capacity of local institutions, e.g., local laboratories through training and material support so as to enable them carry out continuous monitoring beyond the project three-year term. The project will also aim to increase knowledge and awareness of miners, Government institutions and the public at large on the environmental impacts associated with the application of the current technology.This will be enhanced through introduction and demonstration of cleaner and efficient technology that apart from minimizing negative environmental impacts, will improve earnings, health and safety.


Documents & Resources
General information
GEF ID 1223
Project type Full-Sized Project
Project Status Under Implementation
Start Date 06 Dec 2001
End Date 29 Dec 2006
Project documents
Experience Note
Results Note
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Focal Area
GEF Allocation to project 7.12M US$
Total Cost of the project: 20.00M US$
Brazil , Indonesia , Lao People's Democratic Republic , Sudan , Tanzania United Republic of , Zimbabwe

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Project contacts
Mr. Christian Beinhoff Industrial Development Officer
Mr. Ludovic Bernaudat Industrial Development Officer
Dr. Andrew Hudson Head of Water & Ocean Governance