Author(s): Cristin Villegas, Ruby Stocklin-Weinberg, Estelle Levin-Nally and Kirsten Hund
Client(s): ASM-PACE (Levin Sources and WWF)
The aim of this report is to summarize the scope and scale of artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) in protected areas and critical ecosystems worldwide, describe its known effects, document and study attempted solutions, and offer an initial set of recommendations.
While this report provides background on some of the current issues in the ASM sector, it does not seek to provide a comprehensive overview of ASM around the world. Instead, this report focuses exclusively on ASM occurring in and around protected areas and critical ecosystems. Issued as part of the Artisanal and Small Scale Mining in Protected Areas and Critical Ecosystems (ASM-PACE) Programme.
A joint initiative by the international conservation organization WWF and specialist development consultancy firm Levin Sources, ASM-PACE seeks to identify workable, sustainable solutions that constructively navigate the conservation and development trade-off presented by ASM in protected areas and critical ecosystems.