In this webinar, we will be zooming in on the widespread use of mercury in gold processing in the artisanal and small-scale (ASM) gold mining sector. During this webinar we’ll look beyond the much discussed environmental and health impacts of mercury.
Barbara Hendus, Program Officer Extractives & Conservation at IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands (IUCN NL), will shine a light on the informal and often illicit trade of mercury and address questions on how mercury reaches the mining communities across Africa and Asia.
Susan Keane is a Senior Director at the Natural Resources Defence Council, where she has been working on the policy aspects of mercury for almost two decades. She has been central to the global management of PlanetGold since its initiation, coordinating the learning coming from the country programmes across eight countries.
During the webinar she will discuss alternatives to mercury use as well as critically reflect on what barriers need to be addressed to drive their adoption among artisanal miners.
The issue of mercury use in ASGM will be introduced by Cyrus Njonde Maina, mining engineer and regional manager East Africa at The Impact Facility, who will facilitate this session, sharing first hand accounts on the difficulties of promoting alternatives to mercury among miners in East Africa.
This webinar is part of a series; Golden Myths: Digging for the truth about artisanal and small-scale gold mining. Find out more at https://www.solidaridadnetwork.org/gold-webinars
Designed and facilitated by Solidaridad and The Impact Facility.