EcoBalance 2022

Partner events

Mercury Legacy in Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining

Date&Time : October 30, 2022
13:30-16:30 (Japan Standard Time (UTC +9))
Venue : Fukuoka Convention Center (Fukuoka, Japan) + Online (Zoom)
Registration fee : Free

Note: Onsite participation to this event is only for the invited speakers. Participation of general registrants is only via Zoom webinar (the link for participation will be sent later in advance to the event).


Artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM), or gold mining by low-income families or small enterprises, is widespread across the globe. It is estimated that over 25 million people, including women and children, are involved with ASGM in more than 50 countries. Despite the small-scale activity of any individual ASGM site, each site is significantly important to its local economy and collectively, to the global economy. Nonetheless, ASGM has been the biggest contributor to global mercury emissions. Mercury is a toxic element that has numerous wide-ranging deleterious effects on humans, biota, and the environment. In response to the global issues associated with mercury, the Minamata Convention on Mercury entered into force on the 16th of August, 2017 to solve the mercury problem.

However, there are still many issues in ASGM that should be addressed. This would include site detection using geological information and remote sensing, detection of the informal flow of mercury from global trade to the ASGM sector, illegal trading of mercury between countries despite the phasing out of mercury, risk assessment of mercury contamination from ASGM, and identification of unintended consequences of mercury mitigation. To achieve sound mercury management in ASGM, this side event aims at providing the grounds for researchers to collaborate on decreasing the use, the flow, and the emissions from mercury in the ASGM sector.

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