Removal of Barriers to the Introduction of Cleaner Artisanal Gold Mining and Extraction Technologies

Project Summary

Environmental 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.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Development Programme
Executing Agencies
GEF Period:
GEF - 2
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
318,182 USD
GEF Project Grant
6,806,800 USD
Co-financing Total
13,052,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
382,000 USD
Total Cost 20,176,982.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
Preparation Grant Approved
01 Dec 1997
Concept Approved
01 Dec 2001
Project Approved for Implementation
11 Apr 2002
Project closed
16 Feb 2012