Historical and Modern Government Responses to Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining

Posted 27th April 2013 by Kevin Telmer Modified from: Telmer K. and Persaud A. (2013) Historical and Modern Government Responses to Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining. Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF) and the International Bar Association, Special Institute on International Mining and Oil & Gas Law, Development, and Investment, Cartagena, Colombia, April 22-24, 2013. Summary […]

Mercury Recycling in Artisanal Gold Mining: The Good and the Bad

Posted 16th July 2013 by Paleah Black Moher The promotion of simple mercury recycling technologies called retorts to reduce human exposures and environmental contamination is one of the most widely recommended interventions in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) communities. However if they aren’t introduced correctly, retorts are often abandoned or misused, which wastes resources and […]

The Effect of Changing Gold Prices on Artisanal Mining

The Effect of Changing Gold Prices on Artisanal Mining Over the past year as the price of gold has fallen, many have asked how artisanal miners will be affected. Some have speculated that the drop in the price of gold would lead to less artisanal mining activity – as it has for the industrial gold […]

A Simple Public Health Strategy for ASGM

Posted 23rd September 2014 by Myrianne Richard 15 million people in over 70 countries are involved with Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASGM). The activity is a major gold producer and significant contributor to rural economic development. Although practices vary across the world, it is well understood that ASGM frequently has negative environmental, social and health […]

The Minamata Convention on Mercury: A Beginner’s Guide

The Minamata Convention on Mercury: A Beginner’s Guide Sebastian Normandin, Ph.D.Director of Communications, Artisanal Gold Council (AGC) First a little history. In 2001 the United Nations Environment Programme undertook a global assessment of mercury levels and their impacts. By 2003 it was decided that those impacts were significant enough to merit international action on reducing […]

What does a national public health strategy for ASGM look like?​

Latin America takes a serious look. October in Montevideo can be on the chilly side, but this was countered by the warm welcome from the Uruguayan Ministry of Health and the energy of representatives from ministries of health from across Latin America as they gathered earlier this month to discuss the health aspects of implementing […]

AGC signs declaration of responsibility and sustainability principles with gold industry leaders

Artisanal Gold Council Executive Director Dr. Kevin Telmer signed a Declaration of Responsibility and Sustainability Principles along with other gold industry leaders at the LBMA/LPPM Global Precious Metals Conference in Lisbon on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022 The declaration, announced at the LBMA/LPPM Global Precious Metals Conference in Lisbon, formally expresses a unified commitment by a breadth […]

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AGC’s planetGOLD projects in Mongolia and the Philippines hold second combined PSC meeting in Manila on

Artisanal Gold Council’s planetGOLD projects in Mongolia and the Philippines held their second combined Project Steering Committee meeting in Manila on Sept. 22-23, 2022.  The two projects are funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and executed by the AGC.  […]