Wednesday, 7th November 2012, 10.00 – 12.00 hrs, Bern
Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining – Challenges and Potential for Development
Berner Bildungszentrum Pflege, Freiburgstrasse 133, 3008 Bern, Meeting room A008
What are the challenges and what opportunities does artisanal and small-scale mining offer development at the local level? What experience has the SDC gained in this field, and what have been the results? How could the activities of the SDC in this sector look in the future? Presentation of the SDC’s publication: “SDC experiences with Formalization and Responsible Environmental Practices in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining in Latin America and Asia (Mongolia)” with following discussion.
Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining (ASGM) is carried out by an estimated 15 million miners worldwide. ASGM accounts for approximately 15% of the worldwide gold production, but employs more than 80% of the gold mining workforce. This means a living for an estimated 100 million people.
But realities of ASGM also include conflicts, forced labour, prostitution, abominable work conditions and environmental degradation. How can these negative aspects being overcome? How can a formalized ASGM sector contribute to sustainable socio-economic development?
“SDC experiences with Formalization and Responsible Environmental Practices in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining in Latin America and Asia (Mongolia)” capitalizes SDC’s 20 years of experience in working for the livelihood improvements of gold miners and their families.
Felix Hruschka is an internationally recognized expert in ASGM and has been working as an advisor and team leader for all related SDC projects in Latin America and in Mongolia. As the author of this publication, he will present its major insights, particularly addressing the following key issues:
- Challenges and potential of ASGM for local development
- SDC experience in ASGM
- Implications for SDC’s future engagement in ASGM