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The ASM-PACE Programme has released a new report examining the most critical issues in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) of gold and diamonds in and around the Malema and Nomo areas of Sierra Leone's Gola Rainforest National Park (GRNP). This report forms part of the Artisanal and Small-scale Mining in Protected Areas and Critical Ecosystems (ASM-PACE) Programme, which started as a joint initiative co-founded between specialist global responsible mining and sourcing consultancy Estelle Levin Ltd. (ELL) and global conservation organisation the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to address the environmental and social impacts of artisanal and small scale mining (ASM) in protected areas and critical ecosystems (“PACE”).
The Gola Rainforest National Park (GRNP) invited ASM-PACE researchers to Sierra Leone to investigate artisanal mining in the area and present recommendations on next steps for the GRNP to effectively and constructively respond to the mining occurring around and illegally within the Park. Authors spoke to a wide range of mining and conservation stakeholders in the Kenema Township and Malema chiefdom and visited diamond mining sites in Malema. Based on interviews, focus groups and direct observation, authors describe the dynamics of mining primarily in the Malema area, the push and pull factors of mining in and outside of the Park, and the perspectives and recommendations of those they interviewed. In addition, recommendations are informed by the local and global experience of the ASM-PACE programme and the research team.
To download the report, visit: http://www.asm-pace.org/projects/sierra-leone-case-study.html or access immediately here: ASM-PACE_2013_Sierra_Leone_Case_Study.pdf
The ASM-PACE Programme uses a scientific foundation of knowledge, participatory methods and rights-based approaches to work with miners and their communities, rather than in opposition, to design sustainable, win-win solutions that last. To learn more, visit us at www.asm-pace.org
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