sharing in governance of extractive industries
The artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector has many problems – and good stories are not often heard. Gabriela Flores looks at how effective communications can help mining communities learn about good practices that are being developed by their peers
"We want to be appreciated for what we are doing," were the first words that a Ghanaian adviser to small-scale gold mines said to me in a recent interview. Coming from someone who travels from small mine to small…Continue
Sapphires from the island of Madagascar, ranked among Earth's top ten most ecologically diverse countries, wow the world's top traders and jewellers. The nation supplies roughly 40 per cent of all the world's sapphires – yet artisanal sapphire mining harms both this rich biodiversity and the wider environment.
Despite its environmental and mineral riches, Madagascar remains among the world's poorest countries. Seventy-five per cent of Madagascans live below the poverty…Continue
So said Francis Opoku, of the Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners (GNASSM) at a thematic dialogue on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) held in Accra last month.
IIED's work on small and large-scale mining in Ghana, Tanzania and Madagascar supports multi-stakeholder dialogue, promotes local voices and explores innovations that help deliver more inclusive and accountable mining sector.…Continue
From pollution and exploitation to spoiled landscapes, artisanal and small-scale mining ASM in Ghana is mostly known for its faults. But against this backdrop of neglect and degradation, pockets of responsible practice, from land restoration to sustainable water management, quietly exist.
Ghana's ASM sector accounts for 35 per cent of the country's gold production. ASM mining employs an estimated one million people, and supports approximately 4.5 million more in the West…Continue