Danish government through Dialogos

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    NAPE campaign aganst Mercury in Artisanal Gold Mining

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    NAPE campaign aganst Mercury in Artisanal Gold Mining

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    NAPE campaign aganst Mercury in Artisanal Gold Mining

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    NAPE campaign aganst Mercury in Artisanal Gold Mining

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    NAPE campaign aganst Mercury in Artisanal Gold Mining

FREE YOUR MINE

The “Free Your Mine” project in Uganda is a partnership venture between NAPE and Dialogos. The project aims to stop mercury pollution from artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) sector in Uganda, and is supported by the Danish government through Dialogos, a non-governmental organization that has been promoting mercury-free gold mining technics globally. The project is being implemented in the districts of Busia, Eastern Uganda and Buhweju districts in Western Uganda where artisanal gold mining is taking place, among other districts.

The ultimate goal of the project is to realize a mercury-free ASGM and safer work and living conditions for the artisanal small-scale miners in Uganda and their families. It also aims to strengthen the capacity of NAPE and Diálogos to free more mines and mining communities from mercury in future projects.

The problem with use of mercury in ASGM

All over the world, for time immemorial, ASGMs have mixed mercury with a mineral concentrate from gold ore in a washing pan. The gold in the ore forms an amalgam with the mercury. The amalgam is then recovered and burned resulting in highly toxic mercury vapors that are inhaled by miners, their families and people in the community. Approximately 1 gram of mercury is used to produce 1 gram of gold with this traditional method.

Intervention of the project

The project is focusing on technical training of the miners in mercury-free mining method and empowering of miners, healthcare workers, women, schoolteachers, youth and the municipality with knowledge about the mercury pollution. The project is also facilitating organization of miners, women and youth, and assisting local district authorities in making a sustainable regulation governing the ASGM sector.

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