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May 2024

Modernizing Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining: Harnessing new technologies for sustainable development

The report provides a comprehensive analysis of ASM’s current state, including tools, techniques, and technologies across the mining life cycle, along with addressing crosscutting issues like monitoring and enforcement, occupational health and safety, access to finance, and access to information.

Distinguishing between artisanal and small-scale mining, the study then examines newly developed, phase-specific technologies. The overarching objective is to assess the benefits, opportunities, and policy options linked to emerging technologies in ASM, offer insights into worker safety, reduce mercury use, improve traceability, and establish robust mineral value chains. Additionally, the research includes a gap analysis of new technologies that identifies crucial areas for advancement to drive sustainable development within the industry.