Teh said the project is expected to help the Philippines "contribute to the elimination of mercury in ASGM
through a supply chain approach from miners to refiners.
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is partnering with DENR to embark on a five-year project that aims to promote the legalization of ASGM
and encourage miners to extract gold using environment-friendly practices.
Mercury, also known as quicksilver, is widely used in ASGM
as a "magnet" to extract gold that is mixed with soil and other sediments in ores.
Talking to reporter, Deputy Director (Chemicals) Dr Zaigham Abbas Sunday said, 'A team of the ministry's experts and officials has visited the Gilgit where it has been observed that ASGM
is carried out at various locations by mixing mercury with the sand containing gold particles.
For example, external contamination of hair by elemental mercury has been demonstrated in ASGM
communities (Sherman et al.
The described practice of ASGM
is very common; it is estimated that up to 10-15 million miners work in ASGM
For countries where ASGM
has been identified as more than insignificant, the Convention requires national action plans to reduce or eliminate the use of mercury in gold amalgamation.
Further, the ASGM
decided to establish a nomination committee for the next AGM, whereby the three largest shareholders in the company as on 30 September 2015 will be asked to appoint one representative each, who together with the chairman of the board will comprise the nomination committee.
Mercurywatch: Mercury released from ASGM
The gold mining sector in Indonesia consists of large-scale, medium-scale, and artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM
In 2010, there were approximately 900 artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM
) locations in Indonesia .
A field survey was undertaken in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia (Borneo) to assess the extent and practices of Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining (ASGM
), and to measure sediment and mercury flows in the provinces' rivers.