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Case Studies

Our work

We work with diverse clients to deliver inventive and impactful solutions.

In many cases, mineral matters are sensitive. We are grateful to the following clients for allowing us to speak publicly about our work.

Swiss Development and Cooperation: Low Cost (‘Frugal’) Methods for ASM Environmental Rehabilitation Study

Swiss Development and Cooperation: Low Cost (‘Frugal’) Methods for ASM Environmental Rehabilitation Study

Our case study of international best practices in ASM rehabilitation draws upon examples from arid and semi-arid ecosystems in Africa, Latin America, and Asia that have demonstrated success and are relevant to the Mongolian context.

Tin Working Group: Situational Analysis and Sustainability Assessment of the Tin Sector in Bangka Belitung, Indonesia

Tin Working Group: Situational Analysis and Sustainability Assessment of the Tin Sector in Bangka Belitung, Indonesia

Levin Sources conducted a situational analysis and sustainability assessment to aid the Group’s understanding of the local situation as a starting point for exploring ways to support sustainable growth through responsible sourcing. We also supported IDH in project managing and convening the group, and presented our findings at an ITRI tin event in Bangka in December 2013.

A Corporate’s Journey Towards Sustainable Gemstone Sourcing

A Corporate’s Journey Towards Sustainable Gemstone Sourcing

Partnering with communications & CSR expert Bernadette Larcher, Levin Sources was commissioned to support a large corporate client determine an approach to improve sustainability in their gemstone sourcing. Levin Sources was brought in to build transparency into the client’s colored gem supply chains and so identify the gems’ countries of origin in order to help the company better understand the risks and opportunities for their actual supply chains and to create the tools to help support sustainable supply chain management.

Digging Deeper: Understanding the Incursions of ASM in Protected Areas and Critical Ecosystems ASM-PACE Programme

Digging Deeper: Understanding the Incursions of ASM in Protected Areas and Critical Ecosystems ASM-PACE Programme

An overview of two Levin Sources-hosted ASM-PACE roundtables in Washington D.C. and London, in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF).

Environmental & Social Impact Assessment: ASM Economic Study

Environmental & Social Impact Assessment: ASM Economic Study

Channel Research commissioned Levin Sources to conduct artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) specialist studies in West Africa for an Environmental & Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) of a mine expansion. Levin Sources led specialist studies on land tenure and ASM, including a situational analysis and baseline of ASM; an ASM economic study; and impact assessment.

BGR: Mineral Supply Chain Due Diligence Audits and Risk Assessments in the Great Lakes Region

BGR: Mineral Supply Chain Due Diligence Audits and Risk Assessments in the Great Lakes Region

The German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) commissioned ELL to help the ICGLR Audit Committee determine opportunities for alignment of the Regional Certification Mechanism (RCM) with other systems over the short and long term and to have the foundations for developing their audit methodology and template.

Fairtrade/Fairmined ASM Scoping Studies

Fairtrade/Fairmined ASM Scoping Studies

Levin Sources conducted scoping studies in Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda to assess the potential of fair trade gold from these countries. The aim was to identify producer organisations and potential partners for setting up Fairtrade/Fairmined gold production in Africa.

USAID: Comparative analysis of legal and fiscal regimes for Artisanal Diamond Mining in Central African Republic

USAID: Comparative analysis of legal and fiscal regimes for Artisanal Diamond Mining in Central African Republic

Working with Tetra Tech ARD, Levin Sources supported USAID’s Property Rights and Artisanal Diamond Development (PRADD) project by developing a comparative study to understand how artisanal diamond miners in the Central African Republic (CAR) could be incentivised to formalise their activities through reduced costs of licensing, royalties, taxes, and fees.

Environmental, Social and Health Impact Assessment (ESHIA) in Conflict-Affected DRC: ASM Specialist Study

Environmental, Social and Health Impact Assessment (ESHIA) in Conflict-Affected DRC: ASM Specialist Study

Levin Sources conducted a specialist ASM study for a client who was in the process of developing a historic gold mine in the conflict-affected district of Ituri in the DRC.

USAID: Feasibility of Direct Marketing of Artisanal Diamonds from Liberia and the Central African Republic to the USA

USAID: Feasibility of Direct Marketing of Artisanal Diamonds from Liberia and the Central African Republic to the USA

Working with Tetra Tech ARD, Levin Sources supported USAID’s Property Rights and Artisanal Diamond Development (PRADD) project to consider how to increase the numbers of diamonds into the formal chain of custody through the reconfiguration of incentive structures for artisanal miners.

Fairtrade Gold Standard Revision and Facilitated Workshop

Fairtrade Gold Standard Revision and Facilitated Workshop

Levin Sources was commissioned to help Fairtrade International revise the Fairtrade Standard for Gold and Associated Precious Metals for Artisanal and Small Scale Mining (ASM).

AVX: Designing a responsible sourcing management system from conflict-affected and high-risk areas (CAHRAs)

AVX: Designing a responsible sourcing management system from conflict-affected and high-risk areas (CAHRAs)

AVX is a company that sources tantalum from the DRC that wanted to have a conflict minerals management system for the mining company from which they source as well as the ASM cooperative operating on the mining concession. Green Horizons Environmental Consultants Limited brought ELL into the project because of the team’s experience in ASM and conflict minerals.

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