The Responsive Engagement and Collective Learning Approaches to Inform Mercury Substitution in ASGM, Ghana (RECLAIMS ASGM Ghana) project aims to reduce mercury use in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining (ASGM) by focusing on operational and policy-level approaches to the ASGM reform agenda. In the short-term, incentivizing less-harmful alternatives for gold processing will address technical and methodological gaps. In the medium- to long-term, improved licensing, regulation and oversight of the ASGM sector will address current policy challenges to reduce environmental and health pressures.
The RECLAIMS implementing team consists of the Fund For Peace (FFP), the West Africa Network for Peace Building – Ghana (WANEP-Ghana) and the University of Mines and Technology Ghana (UMaT), and will be implemented over three years, beginning in late 2018. The program is supported by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES).
At the local level, RECLAIMS is focusing on two key ASGM pilot areas, in the South (Western region) and the North (Upper East region), to showcase two best practice mine sites. Working with two existing licensed sites that have ASGM operations, we will support capacity building on mercury-free and sustainable best sector practices and undertake community sensitization. These sites can then be used to promote sustainable and safe ASGM practices and will be able to be replicated and scaled by the Government of Ghana (GoG) and other partners throughout the country. RECLAIMS will work closely with the relevant GoG agencies and committees to complement their existing planning and implementation efforts on ASGM.
At a policy/national level, RECLAIMS will focus on coordinating national level multi-stakeholder forums for key ministries, security agencies, civil society, the mining sector and donor partners to increase coordination and information sharing on ASGM sector reform efforts. This will include supporting existing GoG and partner efforts to finalize and implement the Minamata National Action Plan (NAP), as well as undertake media awareness and education activities to promote safe and sustainable ASGM across Ghana.
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