The problem with use of mercury in ASGM
All over the world, for time immemorial, ASGMs have mixed mercury with a mineral concentrate from gold ore in a washing pan. The gold in the ore forms an amalgam with the mercury. The amalgam is then recovered and burned resulting in highly toxic mercury vapors that are inhaled by miners, their families and people in the community. Approximately 1 gram of mercury is used to produce 1 gram of gold with this traditional method.
Intervention of the project
The project is focusing on technical training of the miners in mercury-free mining method and empowering of miners, healthcare workers, women, schoolteachers, youth and the municipality with knowledge about the mercury pollution. The project is also facilitating organization of miners, women and youth, and assisting local district authorities in making a sustainable regulation governing the ASGM sector.