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Tuesday, 06 November 2012

Searching for clean gold: Artisanal miners in Peru and the DR Congo

BICC brief 46 about artisanal mining in Peru and the DR Congo is now available in German, French and Spanish. Researchers from SÜDWIND and BICC traveled to gold mines in the DR Congo and Peru in the framework of a joint project to find out which measures can help small-scale and artisanal miners to secure their livelihood in regions of conflict and to improve social and ecological mining standards.

The first part of BICC brief 46 gives an overview of the world market for gold and the interconnected development of artisanal and small-scale mining. Existing approaches towards an improvement of living conditions in gold mining are also presented. This is followed by country case studies, which show and analyze the political framework conditions, the socio-economic conditions of small-scale mining as well as exisiting certification and organization efforts in regions of Peru and the DR Congo. The final part collates the results of the case studies and evaluates the potential of various measures for improving living conditions of artisanal and small-scale miners. 

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