Global Environment Facility funds planetGOLD Mongolia, a project led by the United Nations Environment Programme and United Nations Industrial Development Organization, and executed by the Artisanal Gold Council in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia. The planetGOLD Mongolia project is working towards the formalization and professionalization of the artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) sector in Mongolia. We are working with various stakeholders along the gold supply chain – miners, gold traders, local and national governments as well as civil society – to sustainably improve artisanal mining operations as an important livelihood opportunity for remote communities and to support the revision of regulations governing the sector. In partnership with the national government, the project team is working to eliminate the use of mercury, create an enabling environment for a formalized artisanal mining sector that enhances community development and improves productivity. The project is implemented in Gobi-Altai, Selenge and Khovd provinces of Mongolia.
The project aims to implement the following four components by early 2024:
- Support review the policy and legal frameworks supporting formalization of the ASGM sector;
- Introduction of financing schemes allowing miners to adopt and subsequently invest in mercury-free technologies and access international gold markets more directly;
- Upscale mercury-free gold processing technologies in the selected mining sites; and
- Dissemination of information and knowledge created under the planetGOLD programme.