Analyzing Social Impacts In Mining

Some mining companies analyze impacts and consider issues of vulnerability. Each person’s unique circumstances and cultural values lead to varying experiences and points of view regarding mining. Researchers have observed different views being expressed, through constructive dialogue, complaints, or through peaceful protest. In some cases, violent conflicts arise often stemming from social unrest, which can 

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Justin the artisanal miner part 2

What can we do about Justin the artisanal miner ? I appreciate everyone’s feedback on the article about “Justin” the artisanal miner. First of all, let me say that “Justin” is obviously a fictional young person that painfully and honestly depicts the harsh reality of thousands of young boys and girls across Africa (I am 

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Justin the little artisanal miner

It’s the middle of the night when this little man wakes up. He is only about twelve years old. Nobody knows exactly when he was born. He stretches out on his worn mat. He wears the work clothes he wore yesterday and the days before that. His clothes are dusty and black with sweat, torn 

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Environmental Challenges in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining

Typical environmental impacts of artisanal and small-scale mining are as follows: deforestation, topsoil removal, use of chemicals such as mercury for gold processing as well as for silver, unmanaged runoff and drainage issues, siltation of rivers – which can affect river ecosystems, disruption of naturally occurring chemicals in the soil. For example, in Nigeria artisanal 

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The Formalization of Artisanal Gold Mining

When I (Etienne) started working in artisanal mining in West Africa, artisanal gold mining was seen, by international and government agencies, as a problem that had to be eradicated at all costs. As a result, the world of artisanal gold mining had to remain anonymous and informal, they didn’t fit current frameworks… Today things have 

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ASM Training Centers

One of the emerging topics that’s come out is the mercury agenda. Artisanal and small-scale miners and the processing centers where they take their ore, are the number one emitter of human-released mercury in the world. As a result of this, there is a treaty that was signed in 2013 called the Minamata Convention. This 

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The Barksanem™ License Part 2 – a contextualized ASM solution

The Barksanem™ (BSM™) System is marketed under license specifically to mining industry professionals. It has three main components:  our proprietary diagnostic system called the “Territorial Approach”, the implementation of small-scale mining engineering (ASM) and the digitalization of the entire supply chain which is associated with a virtual currency (for more info, see our article on 

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The Barksanem™ License Part 1 – Fast-tracking ASM operations

To meet the strong demands in the ASM sector (technical constraints, integration and the formalization of artisanal miners, Fairmined certification, social and environmental challenges etc..) we created the Barksanem™ License. The License contains a portfolio of solutions to implement Small-Scale mining operations, fast-track ASM integration into a given territory and to enhance business growth around a 

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