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Detail of GEF Project #1223

GEF Project ID1223
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameRemoval of Barriers to the Introduction of Cleaner Artisanal Gold Mining and Extraction Technologies
Focal AreaInternational Waters
Operational Program10
Pipeline Entry Date1997-01-12
PDF-B Approval Date1997-12-01
Approval Date2001-12-07
CEO Endorsement Date2002-04-11
GEF Agency Approval Date2002-07-07
Project Completion Date2012-02-16
Project StatusProject Completion
Executing AgencyUNIDO
Executing AgencyUNIDO
DescriptionEnvironmental impacts resulting from the application of mercury in the processing of gold within the artisanal mining sector and their effects on International Waterbodies require concerted and coordinated global responses. The long-term objective of this project is to assist a pilot suite of developing countries located in several key transboundary river/lake basins in assessing the extent of pollution from current activities, introduce cleaner gold mining and extraction technology which minimize or eliminate mercury releases and develop capacity and regulatory mechanisms that will enable the sector to minimize negative environmental impacts. This will be accompanied by development of monitoring programs and in collaboration with participating Governments, development of policies and legislation that will lead to practical and implementable standards for artisanal gold mining. In order to ensure sustainability of the monitoring programs, the project will aim to build capacity of local institutions, e.g., local laboratories through training and material support so as to enable them carry out continuous monitoring beyond the project three-year term. The project will also aim to increase knowledge and awareness of miners, Government institutions and the public at large on the environmental impacts associated with the application of the current technology. This will be enhanced through introduction and demonstration of cleaner and efficient technology that apart from minimizing negative environmental impacts, will improve earnings, health and safety.
Implementation StatusThe project brief was submitted as part of the December 2001 Work Program.
PDF B Amount
318,182 USD
GEF Project Grant
6,806,800 USD
GEF Grant
7,124,982 USD
Cofinancing Total
12,882,000 USD
Project Cost
20,006,982 USD
GEF Agency Fees
382,000 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
6,806,800 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
13,052,000 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
20,176,982 USD
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