Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) is the focus of the 2017 AGM of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF), held October 16-20 in Geneva.
CIRDI will facilitate two panels:
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for ASM-LSM
Wednesday, October 18, 16:45 – 18:00
Facilitated by Dr. Rob Stevens, CIRDI director of partnerships and learning, this panel will open with an overview of ASM practices and policies and then draw from large-scale mining (LSM) environmental impact assessments and global practices to support recommendations for ASM. IGF members will provide insights into country-level challenges with ASM and case study experience. Speakers will present practical recommendations for EIAs for ASM and LSM. The session will cover what is working and what is not working and how governments can provide a supporting role to small-scale miners.
CIRDI has prepared a guidance paper, Environmental Assessment and Management for Artisanal and Small-scale Mining with roles for both governments and miners that are achievable given the resources and capacities of both groups.
Rob Stevens, Director, Partnerships and Learning, CIRDI
Justine Shirley Seyire Dzadzra, principal programme officer, dining Department, EPA, Ghana
Godrey Scott, senior environmental officer, Guyana Geology Mines Commission
Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining (ASGM
Thursday, October 19, 2017, 13:00-14:15
Facilitated by Kirsten Dales, CIRDI’s director of program development, this session will feature a discussion on the challenges particular to the artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector, and how these challenges are being addressed. Speakers from IGF member states, academia and the United Nations will focus on key issues including mercury use and environmental risks, Indigenous rights and poverty reduction.
Kirsten Dales, Director, Program Development, CIRDI
Sheila Logan, Minamata Convention Secretariat/UN Environment
Roger Gunson, executive manager, Regulatory, Mineral Resources Authority, Papua New Guinea
Gregory Kituku, assistant director of mines, Ministry of Mining, Kenya
Euliene Watson, technical officer, Ministry of Natural Resources, Guyana