Frequently asked questions Where does gold come from? All rocks are made up of one or more minerals. Gold, while also a native element, is one such mineral. Therefore, a given rock may contain gold within its mineral mixture. But how does it get there? It starts deep in the earth. Far below the earth’s […]


Videos Playlist 10 Videos Artisanal Gold Council’s Dr. Kevin Telmer leads a workshop on Mercury Free Processing System in Peru 5:47 Paracale: Dispatches from the Field 0:00 ASGM: Eliminating the worst practices 9:34 The Artisanal Gold Mining Sector – Challenges and Opportunities – French and Spanish Subtitles 12:56 Interview with Kevin Telmer from Artisanal Gold […]

Training Materials

Training Materials Health Poster: Mercury Use in Artisanal Gold Mining The Artisanal Gold Council developed the first version of this poster to highlight why mercury use in artisanal gold mining is dangerous and to explain how mercury affects our health. Available for download (PDF) in English Chemical Hazards in the Artisanal Gold Sector: Impacts of […]


Articles ASGM status in West Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia Author: Baiq Dewi Krisnayanti ABSTRACT: Artisanal Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) obviously contributes to serious environmental and health issue for miners, nearby populations, and larger community when the use of mercury (Hg) occurs. Mercury amalgamation is used as a gold recovery technique by 10-12 million ASGM miners […]


Presentations 2020 COVID-19 Training and Discussion The AGC has compiled a PowerPoint presentation for the training of its national teams and project partners on COVID-19. This presentation serves as an additional resource for team members of ASM projects that are involved in COVID-19 awareness-raising, training, and outreach campaigns. Latest update: August 13, 2020 (Version2). 2019 […]

Country Reports

Country Reports National Action Plans that AGC helped develop Burkina Faso French PDF Ecuador English PDF, Spanish PDF Lao PDR English PDF Mali French PDF Senegal French PDF For more information related to National Action Plans, please visit the Secretariat of the Minamata Convention on Mercury website. Rapid Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19 on the Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining Sector […]



What We Do

What we do For Artisanal Gold Mining Communities Practical and intuitive technical interventions for improved practices Mercury-free processing equipment and training Tailing management and remediation Technology transfer programming Occupational health and safety training Responsible Artisanal Gold production Creating responsible economic opportunities in ASGM sector Environmental management strategies for reduction of ASGM impact and outcome monitoring […]

Our Approach

Our Approach We use an integrated approach We work directly with Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining communities and local experts to develop integrated and practical solutions that address the unique circumstances that exist in different locations around the world. We aim to improve the ASGM sector through awareness, training, education, and capacity-building. The diversity of […]