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Information about the Project Site (Rwamagasa, Geita District) in Tanzania

Gold has been mined in Tanzania for more than 100 years. The gold production from artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) in Tanzania is not well established but some authors indicated that the ASM might produce something around 4 tonnes of gold per annum1. This seems very low for the large contingent of people involved in this activity. It is difficult to estimate the exact number of people directly involved in gold mining activities in Tanzania as miners migrate from one site to another going after easily exploitable gold. A population around 300,000 was estimated in 19992. The gold rush for the Lake Victoria Goldfields started when the gold price increased at the beginning of the 80s. There are 7 main regions at the south of Lake Victoria where gold miners have been operating. These regions are known locally as “mining centers”.

1223: Removal of Barriers to the Introduction of Cleaner Artisanal Mining and Extraction Technologies

07 May 2010


Information about the Project Site (Rwamagasa, Geita District) in Tanzania.pdf