Sustainable Artisanal Mining Project




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Published: 2016-07-07 17:00:00

Mongolian ASM representatives recently visited the Philippines to study its artisanal and small scale gold mining practices, successes and challenges on June 04 – 13, 2016. The study tour delegation team consisted of 15 members consisting of 10 miner representatives from ASM National Federation of Mongolia, two officers of Mineral Resources Authority of Mongolia (MRAM) and three Sustainable Artisanal Mining (SAM) project experts.

As part of the study tour which was hosted by BAN Toxics, an independent NGO focused on the advancement of environmental justice, children’s health, and toxics elimination, the Mongolian delegates visited the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Provincial Mining Regulatory Board, the Central Bank of the Philippines, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, Mercury free processing facility, mining federation, cooperatives and ASM gold mining site in Davao Region.

Mongolian delegates learned about BAN Toxics and its Artisanal and small scale gold mining programs and situation of ASGM in the Philippines. The country has over 350,000 people engaged in artisanal and small scale gold mining (ASGM) in more than 30 provinces. About 18,000 women and children miners are involved in ASGM and around 2 million people have benefitted from ASGM. The miners from both the Philippines and Mongolia exchanged experiences on ASM organizations, their structures, cooperation with LSM, and the process of getting ASM lands – People’s Small Scale Mining Area. For ASM organizations, miners’ federations are organized regionally and consist of ASM local associations and cooperatives operating within the area. Each association/cooperative appoints a representative into the Federation, usually the association or cooperative leaders.



Vacancy notice /2016-07-01/

Sustainable Artisanal Mining (SAM) Project by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Mongolia is implemented with a development goal of “An economically sustainable, environmentally responsible and human rights-based ASM sector in Mongolia benefiting from, and contributing to, global best practice regarding artisanal and small scale mining”.



Sustainable Artisanal Mining Project,
Sky plaza business center, Olymp street 12,
Khoroo 1, SBD, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Phone: +976 11 328848, Fax: +976 11 322415


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