Day 1: AGENDA (PDF) – INDABA – Post 2015 Dialogue
Monday, February 3, 2014
Day 2: AGENDA (PDF) – Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM)
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Location: Victoria & Alfred Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
Managing the Environmental Dimensions of ASM
The range of environmental challenges posed by ASM, from well-known concerns over the use of mercury and other contaminants, to deforestation, to unstable work areas continues to be a challenging dimension of the ASM sector for governments. This panel will focus on the following key questions:
a) What measures should be taken to make ASM less environmentally damaging? Which stakeholders need to be involved in making this happen/possible, and what are their perceived roles?
b) What are the key obstacles to moving ASM producers away from environmentally degrading techniques?
c) What can be done to make responsible approaches to ASM production more appealing to artisanal and small-scale miners?
- Bern Klein, Acting Director General, Canadian International Institute for Extractives and Development (CIIEID), – Artisanal mining and effects on environmental quality” (PDF)
- Philip Schütte, German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources
– “Environmental Management in the ASM Sectors of Rwanda and Burundi: Progress and Challenges”
- Jon Hobbs, International Network Director, Extractives Sector, Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) International
– “ASM in Africa – the Policy Context” (PDF)
ASM-LSM (Large-Scale Mining) Interface
The ASM-LSM Interface: Engaging in Dialogue
The interface between ASM and large scale mining (LSM) is often characterised by conflict and distrust. The purpose of a dialogue series on ASM-LSM- government relations is to bring the parties around a table to build trust, develop a shared understanding of the problems they face, and facilitate collaborative solutions that achieve tangible changes in policy and practice. The questions we need to answer/ are asking now are:
a) How do we get the right players to the table?
b) What is the change those players would like to see?
- Abbi Buxton, Researcher, Sustainable Markets Group, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
– “The Parameters of a Dialogue” (PDF)
- Jennifer Hinton, Director, Auranda Minerals, Adjunct Professor, Carleton University
– “The ASM Perspective”
- Randy Barnes, Regional Vice President, Sustainability and External Relations, Africa Region for Newmont
– “The LSM Perspective”
- Ben Aryee, Chief Executive Officer, Ghana Minerals Commission
Certification of ASM Minerals
Certifying the provenance of ASM minerals is increasingly important for both producers, who reap various benefits including higher prices, as well as down-stream users who wish to – or are legally required to demonstrate – that they are sourcing minerals from responsible producers and suppliers.
a) How can ASM minerals be reliably certified?
b) What are the primary obstacles to getting artisanal and small-scale miners into certification programs?
c) How can certification be scaled-up and used to leverage further benefits for ASM producers?
- Henri Pierre Gebauer, Advisor to the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ)
– “The ICGLR Regional Initiative Against the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources” (PDF)
- Karen Hayes, Director, Mines to Market Programme, PACT
– “iTSCi: Enabling conflict-free, ASM minerals from the Great Lakes Region to reach international markets” (PDF)
- Nicholas Garrett, Director, Better Sourcing Program
– “The Better Sourcing Program and Standard – Ensuring Conflict Free and Transparent Mineral Supply Chains” (PDF)
ASM Standards and Performance
Experiences in the sector indicate that artisanal and small-scale miners often do not adopt new technologies/approaches/methods designed to improve performance in the ASM sector, even when access is not a barrier, unless there is tangible benefit for them.
a) What incentives and/or legislative/regulatory measures are required for artisanal and small-scale miners to adopt new approaches and cleaner technologies for production?
b) How can responsible approaches to ASM improve the lives and livelihoods of ASM producers?
c) What are the key barriers that prevent artisanal and small-scale miners from being responsible and sustainable? Capital? Technology? Organization? Market access?
- Olivier Bovet, Senior Programme Manager, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO, Switzerland
– “ASM: More Shine With The Better Gold Initiative” (PDF)
- Tyler Gillard, Legal Advisor and Project Head, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Investment Division
– “Building responsible ASM supply chains though stakeholder collaboration”
- John Tychsen, Director, Development projects, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)
– “How can governments influence ASM Standards and Performance (PDF)
Africa Mining INDABA 2014 (PDF) – Responsible Mining and Sustainable Development Events Guide