Transformation of artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) in Ecuador
More than 100,000 miners work in the largely informal artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) industry in Ecuador. In addition, an estimated 500,000 people (4% of the national population) depend indirectly on the ASM sector. Most small-scale miners are classified as illegal and work in unhealthy, dangerous conditions that involve mercury use, which contributes to social and environmental harm. For more information, watch this video on artisanal and small-scale mining.
CIRDI is working directly with the Government of Ecuador through the Ministry of Mines to develop a long-term education and training program that will bring Canadian technical mining expertise and educational programming to Ecuador’s small-scale miners. Over two years this project will bring together a wide range of stakeholders including regional representatives of Ecuador’s southern mining communities, Ecuador’s Ministry of Human Talent and Ministry of the Environment, UN Agencies (UNIDO and UNDP) and Canadian and Ecuadorian University and Industry experts, to develop a best-in-class educational model for the small scale mining sector that can be applied in Southern Ecuador. The intention of this programming is to blend Canadian and Ecuadorian experience and, through education, contribute to the development of a more socially and environmentally responsible small-scale mining sector in Ecuador.
Small-scale and artisanal miners; sector associations; national, regional and local governments; community representatives and training and research organizations in Ecuador.
The Ministry of Strategic Sectors through the Ecuador Ministry of Mines, University of British Columbia
Global Affairs Canada
Fiscal & regulatory governance (30%)
Integrated resource management (10%)
Livelihoods & employment (60%)
Deliver advisory services (10%)
Apply research (10%)
Educate & train (60%)
ASM experts and researchers
CIRDI is seeking letters of interest from ASM experts and researchers to participate in the execution of a
Stakeholder Analysis and Educational Needs Assessment for the ASM sector in Portovelo-Zaruma and
Ponce Enriquez, Ecuador (“southern Ecuador”).
Updates and News
Mercury Rising by Kylie Williams, featured in Innovation – Journal of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, January/February 2017 issue