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Artisanal small gold miners at work in Kenya

Second phase of planetGOLD doubles countries addressing mercury in ASGM

As an implementing agency for the GEF-funded planetGOLD program, Conservation International has been proud to help deliver this innovative global initiative that supports countries in addressing mercury use in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM). Now, we are excited to take on a new role…
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Woman mining for gold

How the Minamata Convention can help "build back better" on ASGM

As the Minamata Convention on Mercury reaches the third anniversary of its entry into force, I am so inspired by the work of those who are seeking to improve conditions for the world’s artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) communities by advancing solutions to the rampant use of toxic…
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Group photo of gold miners in Philippines

Why small-scale miners need our attention this Earth Day

On this day in 1970, millions of people in the United States turned out for rallies across the country calling for environmental protections against oil spills, air pollution, toxic dumps, pesticides, and other hazards to the environment. That day marked the beginning of a movement that would…
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Gold flakes in a sifting pan

Monitoring the impacts of COVID-19 on artisanal and small-scale gold mining

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) is having profound impacts throughout the world. What's happening to ASGM miners, their communities, and planetGOLD country project teams? The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented challenges throughout the world, upending the global economy, threatening the…

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