Sustainable Development of the Artisanal Small-Scale Gold Mining in Indonesia
The Sustainable Development of the Artisanal Small-Scale Gold Mining in Indonesia project (SD-ASGM) is a five-year initiative focused on the development of an economically profitable, environmentally sound, and socially responsible artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector in four provinces in Indonesia, with funding for this project provided by the Government of Canada. The Artisanal Gold Council (AGC) has entered into a Contribution Agreement with Global Affairs Canada (GAC) in August 2015 to implement the project in collaboration with the Government of Indonesia and other local partners.
SD-ASGM is built on 3 pillars:
- PILLAR 1:
Improved practices (technical, environmental, health and gender-sensitive) by men and women gold miners in the targeted provinces.
- PILLAR 2:
Building a supportive policy environment for responsible ASGM activities at the national level and in targeted provinces.
- PILLAR 3:
Increase public-private engagement in the sector and build a stronger supply chain to support responsible artisanal gold.
The project seeks to develop models responsible artisanal and small-scale gold production in at least four diverse mining and cultural settings (project areas) in the artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) sector to demonstrate that gold can be mined profitably and in accordance with good practices relating to legality, environment, gender equality and health and safety. It seeks to embed the model institutionally by enhancing government’s ability to design a roadmap for the formalization of the ASGM sector at national level and in the provinces that are home to pilot sites. The project also identifies the marketing channel that would welcome the increasingly ‘responsible gold’ produced through the improving practices. At project end, Indonesian actors (principally mining communities and their representatives, local NGO partners, and subnational government) will have the capacity needed to accelerate the formalization of the ASGM sector.
Project Steering Committee
The primary members of the PSC are:
- Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs (CMEA)
- Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF)
- Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MoEMR)
- Global Affairs Canada (GAC)
- Artisanal Gold Council (AGC)
Related Initiatives and Organizations
- Alliance of Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago (AMAN)
- GEF GOLD Program
- Minamata Convention on Mercury