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Ecuador has a long history of gold mining with small-scale and artisanal producers making up the entirety of production (89%:small-scale, 11% artisanal)1. A largely informal sector, the Ecuadorian Government has been attempting to formalize the sector since the 1970s to generate tax revenues, reduce pollution and harmful practices among miners and better support informal miners.2,3 Estimates of individuals directly involved in the artisanal sector vary with the most recent data at 29,0974


Number of People
Working in ASM

Small scale mining in Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador
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Data Collection Partner: UNDP Ecuador (PlanetGold)
Data is presented without reporting periods based on limited sample size and data collection approach


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The data presented in this Version 1 of the Delve platform are from secondary sources and reflect data availability on the ASM sector. All data, countries and minerals are not yet represented. Data will be added on an ongoing basis as the global data gap on ASM continues to be filled. Visualizations created with under a Creative Commons (CC) Attribution-NonCommercial license.

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