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New Report Released on Artisanal & Small-scale Gold and Diamond Mining in Sierra Leone’s Gola Rainforest National Park

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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Comment by John Momo on May 29, 2013 at 14:04

 Hi Amy,

The report is succinct and many thanks for sharing. My organization the Network Movement for Justice and Development is actively working in the extractives sector in Sierra Leone engaging companies, Government and other relevant players to ensure compliance of Mining companies and prudent and transparent management of our Natural Resources. we also agitate for the rights - based approach to be upheld.

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