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Recovering Lost Gold With Improved Efficiency, Productivity, and Environmental Impacts in Kenya

Excerpt from the 2020 State of the Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Sector

Focus Area: Make Production Sustainable and Eliminate Mercury

Case Study: Recovering Lost Gold With Improved Efficiency, Productivity, and Environmental Impacts in Kenya

Artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) is a subsistence level livelihood for many rural communities across the world. In Kenya, it provides work for an estimated 40,000 people and produces 5 metric tons of gold per year (Barreto et al. 2018). The impact of ASGM is double-edged with the economic benefits offset by damage to the environment and the health of mining communities, particularly due to the widespread use of mercury to recover gold. As a signatory to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (UNEP 2017), Kenya has agreed to eliminate the use of mercury, formalize the ASGM sector, introduce good practice, and protect the health of mining communities.

Additional Info

Author(s)
C Mitchell, T Bide, C Odhiambo
Publication Year
2021
Associated Partners
British Geological Survey; University of Nairobi
Language
English
Publishing Institution Webpage
https://www.delvedatabase.org
Data Source Classification
Global Report
Research Type
Both
Research Methodology
Primary - OBSERVATION, Secondary - PREVIOUS RESEARCH, Secondary - OFFICIAL STATISTICS
Thematic Tags
Political, Formalization, Governance, Economic, Market Linkages, Social, Community, Employment, Livelihoods, Environmental, Degradation, Pollution, Reclamation, Waste Management, Water, 2020 State of Sector
Minerals
Gold
Country
Kenya
Last Updated
July 1, 2021