Navigating the Role of Artisanal Gold Mining in the Energy Transition Era

Introduction Why would the Executive Director of a charitable non-governmental organization dedicated to improving artisanal gold mining in developing countries engage with a gathering of executives from the energy, renewables, and fossil fuel industries? In addition to my longstanding friendships with those who invited me and my prior experience in the petroleum and energy sectors, […]

Artisanal Gold Council delivers support for flood-ravaged areas to planetGOLD Mongolia small-scale gold mining project (WITH PHOTOS)

VICTORIA, BC – Victoria-based charity/nonprofit Artisanal Gold Council (AGC) has sent USD $2000 ($6,896,372 Mongolian Tugriks) as a donation to officials in Mandal Soum, Selenge Province, Mongolia, one of the organizations’ sites where we are installing Mercury Free Processing Systems (MFPS), after learning of massive flooding in the regions. AGC is providing this funding to […]

Artisanal Gold Council Missions to Africa, Mongolia, and the Philippines celebrate progress, highlight work ahead for the small-scale gold sector

Victoria-based charity/nonprofit Artisanal Gold Council (AGC) is celebrating three successful missions undertaken by miners and staff during May and June. These missions were conducted to oversee the progress being made to develop mercury-free processing of gold in small-scale gold mining, build new relationships, and provide training and outreach opportunities for program and project staff. During […]

The challenge in regulating artisanal or small-scale mining

IN 2020, it was estimated by planetGold Philippines, a project supported by the Global Environment Facility, and implemented by the Artisanal Gold Council in partnership with the UN Environment Program and UN Industrial Development Organization, that there were about 200,000 to 300,000 individuals in 30 provinces in the country that are involved in artisanal, or […]

Thoughts on PDAC 2023 and AGC Goes to Ottawa

I entered the Metro Toronto Convention Centre’s front entrance not knowing what to expect. I started my work with the Artisanal Gold Council in mid-January 2023 and was told that we would have a booth (in partnership with the planetGOLD programme) at PDAC 2023, referred to as “the largest mining conference in the world that welcomes […]

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.  […]

Artisanal Gold Council team attending PDAC conference to highlight the importance of artisanal gold mining sector to jobs and environment, and to explain planetGOLD projects

Artisanal Gold Council Executive Director Dr. Kevin Telmer led a team from AGC’s Victoria, B.C., headquarters to represent the Artisanal Mining sector at PDAC, the world-leading mineral exploration and mining convention in Toronto, Canada. At the convention, which runs from June 13-15 for in-person attendees (June 28-29 online), AGC staff hosted a booth where they […]

Mongolia’s first-ever precious metal expo: planetGOLD Mongolia promotes ASGM on a national platform

The planetGOLD Mongolia project advocated for a responsible artisanal gold supply chain and investment opportunities during the country’s first-ever Precious Metals and Jewellery Forum and Expo in April 2022.  The three-day event, co-organized by the planetGOLD Mongolia project, was the result of collaboration between many organizations in the minerals supply chain sector including government ministries, […]