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ASM-PACE: Artisanal and Small-scale Mining in Protected Areas and Critical Ecosystems

ASM-PACE: Artisanal and Small-scale Mining in Protected Areas and Critical Ecosystems

Funded by: The Tiffany & Co. Foundation, World Bank Group

Collaboration: World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

ASM-PACE began as a partnership programme between Levin Sources (then Estelle Levin Ltd.) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to address the environmental impacts of Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) in some of the world's most important ecosystems.

Active between 2010 and 2015, the programme focused exclusively on addressing the impacts of Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) occurring in protected areas and critical ecosystems ("PACE").

Its aim was to find workable, sustainable, win-win solutions that balance environmental concerns with the economic development potential of ASM. The work sought to identify and engage all stakeholders, including directly with miners and their communities, governments, conservationists, corporations, and others.

The project used a scientific foundation of knowledge, participatory methods and rights-based approaches to work with all stakeholders, including, directly with miners and their communities, governments, conservationists, corporations, and others.

The ASM-PACE initiative published several investigative studies and a methodological toolkit. These publications can be found below:

ASM-PACE Global Solutions Study, by Cristin Villegas, Ruby Stocklin-Weinberg, Estelle Levin-Nally and Kirsten Hund

ASM-PACE Madagascar Case Study: Artisanal Mining Rushes in Protected Areas and a Response Toolkit, by Rupert Cook and Timothy Healy

ASM-PACE Sierra Leone Case Study: Can Artisanal Mining & Conservation Co-Exist?, by Cristina Villegas, Ansumana Babar Turay, and Daniel Sarmu

ASM-PACE The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Case Study: Exploitation Minière Artisanale dans la Reserve ntaturelle D'Itombwe, République Démocratique du Congo, by Ruby Weinberg, Alain Chishugi, Estelle Levin et Gary Beynon with contributions from Juan Sève, Dr. Léonard Mubalama, René Ngongo et Blaise Mudodosi

ASM-PACE Libera Case Study, by Dr Rob Small

ASM-PACE Gabon Case Study: A Situational Analysis of ASM in Protected Areas and Critical Ecosystems and Recommendations for Gabonese Policymakers to Attain Ecologically and Socio-Economically Responsive Artisanal and Small-scale Mining, by Micha Hollestelle

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