One of the main areas of OECD's work in the responsible sourcing of gold is to ensure that international standards do not further marginalise workers of the informal sector. This implies working on the formalisation of the Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) sector.
Artisanal Small Scale Gold mining (ASGM) Artisanal and small scale gold mining (ASGM) is a complex global development issue. ASGM uses substantial amounts of mercury in mineral processing usually in highly unsafe and environmentally hazardous conditions.
The RMI actively supports and encourages member involvement in initiatives that create economic and development opportunities for artisanal and small-scale miners. Below is a description of responsible gold projects that RMI members, as well as smelters or refiners (SORs) can get involved in.
Artisanal and small scale gold mining (ASGM) represents 20 per cent of global gold production. Although it can be devastating to environments and the health of many, it also has the potential to improve the lives of some of the world's poorest people, including many in Asia.
artisanalmining.org is dedicated and committed to knowledge sharing in benefit of the millions of artisanal and small-scale miners worldwide. A first step to fulfill this mission was to "bring home" all the lost files from the former CASM website and initiative in form of The CASM Files .
Artisanal and Small-scale mining (ASM) refers to informal mining activities carried out using low technology or with minimal machinery. It is estimated that more than 100 million people rely on this sector for income, mainly in developing nations.
The artisanal small-scale gold mining (ASGM) sector exposes miners to toxic mercury when they use the chemical to extract gold from ore. However, with the right policies and market incentives, ASGM presents an opportunity to fight mercury use and contamination, protecting miners' health and the environment at the same time.
• Artisanal and small-scale mining is practiced in about 50 countries by people who live in the poorest and most remote rural areas, with few employment alternatives. • At least 20 million people engage in artisanal and small-scale mining and a further 100 million people
About 20% of the world's gold is produced by the artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector. This sector is also responsible for the largest releases of mercury to the environment of any sector globally. A major source of air pollution from mercury, artisanal and small-scale gold mining releases approximately 400 metric tons of airborne elemental mercury each year. Located in over 55 ...
Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining occurs in approximately 80 countries worldwide. There are approximately 100 million artisanal miners globally. Artisanal and small-scale production supply accounts for 80% of global sapphire, 20% of gold mining and up to 20% of diamond mining. It is widespread in developing countries in Africa, Asia, Oceania, and Central and South America. Though …