REDUCING MERCURY IN ARTISANAL AND SMALL-SCALE GOLD MINING

CONTENT OF THE NATIONAL ACTION PLANS

Development of National Action Plans (NAPs) for artisanal and small scale gold mining (ASGM) is an obligation under Article 7 of the Minamata Convention on Mercury for each country that determines that ASGM in its territory is more than insignificant. Because the ASGM sector is closely linked to complex economic development and poverty issues, the Convention allows flexible, country-specific solutions through the development of an ASGM National Action Plan. Although each country’s NAP process will be unique, Annex C of the Minamata Convention provides a list of elements that must be included in the NAP.

GUIDANCE

Guidance and information materials

GLOBAL COMPONENT

UNEP implemented NAP projects, funded by the Global Environmental Facility, contain a component entitled “National information exchange, capacity building and knowledge generation“. This is called the global component and is coordinated by the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership. In order to facilitate the development of NAPs, the Partnership is undertaking activities to ensure that all NAP projects receive support and information throughout the entire process.

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS

NATIONAL STRATEGIC PLANS

Philippines: National Strategic Plan for the Phaseout of Mercury in Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining in the Philippines 2011-2021

Cambodia: Strategic Plan on Management of Mercury in Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining In Cambodia 2012-2016

Source of info: UNEP