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LONG READ: The golden practices that defy gloom

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 African country. It's time to see what ASM in Ghana gets right.

IIED met with seven individuals who, each in their own way, show how responsible ASM can be a positive force for local economies and sustainable development.

"Rehabilitation can help a lot of the small-scale miners and let people go back into agriculture," says Elliott Larme, technical officer for Ghana's National Association of Small-Scale Miners (GNASSM). "Wherever you've been you have some of these abandoned pits scattered all over. The land doesn't belong to us. It is their land. We only come in and take the mineral from the ground."

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