2014-Sustainable Industrial Processing Summit
SIPS 2014 Volume 1: Mining

Editors:Kongoli F
Publisher:Flogen Star OUTREACH
Publication Year:2014
Pages:424 pages
ISSN:2291-1227 (Metals and Materials Processing in a Clean Environment Series)
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    Changing the Habits of Artisanal Miners

    Marcello Veiga1; John Meech2; Gustavo Angeloci1;
    1UBC-MINING, Vancouver, Canada; 2UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, Vancouver, Canada;
    Type of Paper: Keynote
    Id Paper: 231
    Topic: 1


    Artisanal mining represents, perhaps, the most egregious problem for the worldwide mining industry. Artisanal miners, over 30 million around the world, devastate the local environment in which they operate affecting all three environments - the lithosphere, the hydrosphere, and the atmosphere. The practices used are old "by-hand" mining techniques mixed together with some modern practices that are very dangerous when not performed in an appropriate manner. Artisanal miners mine for many different commodities, but gold is the predominant treasure. For ease of extraction, most of these operations use mercury which leads to significant pollution of lakes and rivers as well as affecting the health and safety of local communities. This paper will discuss the different approaches being taken by governments around the world to attempt to regulate, control or eliminate these activities. The focus will be on working with the miners to educate them about the dangerous methods they are using that can come back to affect them and their families well in the future. This education process also involves teaching them how to significantly enhance their recovery of gold and to reduce their costs while at the same time establishing practices to reduce the impact on the environment and occupational safety.


    artisanal mining, gold, mercury, environmental protection, education

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    Veiga M, Meech J, Angeloci G. Changing the Habits of Artisanal Miners. In: Kongoli F, editors. Sustainable Industrial Processing Summit SIPS 2014 Volume 1: Mining. Volume 1. Montreal(Canada): FLOGEN Star Outreach. 2014. p. 185-200.