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The Global Mercury Project began in 2002 with a vision to address the environmental issue of mercury contamination from artisanal and small-scale gold mining. Foundational objectives of the project have been: to introduce cleaner technologies, train miners, develop regulatory capacities within national and regional governments, conduct environmental and health assessments and build capacity within participating countries to continue monitoring Hg pollution after the project finishes.

 2007 News and Updates     
  • Newsletters from Kalimantan. These newsletter provide a look at work being done in association with the Global Mercury Project around the community of Kereng Pangi, Central Kalimantan. The newsletters are available in English as well as Indonesian. The team in Kalimantan includes Bardolf Paul, Sumali Agrawal, Dzul Fikri Al Huda, Mayang Meilantina and Kartie Vitamerry. The most recent update can be viewed here: December 2006 Newsletter from Kalimantan.  
  • October 26-27, 2006.  Brussels: the European Commission hosted the International Conference on Managing the Supply and Demand of Mercury. Policy makers, industry representatives, non-governmental organisations and scientists were invited to participate in this event. Kevin Telmer represented the Global Mercury Project and gave a lecture titled Mercury and Small Scale Gold Mining – Magnitude and Challenges Worldwide. Follow the link to view his presentation. The conference agenda can also be viewed.
  • October 22-28, 2006.  Training of the trainers - for Tapajos gold miners, Brazil.  As part of the Global Mercury Projects' mission to Remove Barriers towards the Introduction of Cleaner Artisanal Gold Mining and Extraction Technologies, a group of GMP representatives met with gold miners from the Tapajos river basin in Creporizão, Pará, Brazil. The week long training event was titled "Cuide de seu Tesouro" or Care for your treasure. An Aide Memoire describes the goals and objectives of the training and includes a list participants and the agenda.  A picture document has also been assembled by the coordinator, Rodolfo Neives.
  • October 3 - 4, 2006. Washington D.C. Meeting on Enhancing Global Policy to Reduce Mercury Supply, Demand and Use in Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining in Developing Countries and Countries with Economies in Transition was attended by several members of the Global Mercury Project where they participated in various presentations. See the UNIDO Aide Memoire for information.
  • September 2006. This website has been updated, be sure to check out the country profile pages. Recent additions include new videos accessible from the Movies tab. From the Indonesia page, a link exists to the Galangan Website; a page for sharing information regarding artisanal mining in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. This webpage highlights the use of Geographic Information System tools for investigating the effects of ASM. It is also available in Indonesian.
  • July, 2006.  Environmental and health assessments summary document.  This report characterizes presents the main findings of the GMPs Environmental and Health Assessments for Brazil, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Sudan, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Assessment of the environmental and health impacts of ASM has been one of the main objectives of the Global Mercury Project; these studies have provided baseline data and will ensure that further GMP activities are properly targeted.
  • Several presentations were made by Global Mercury Project members at the II FORO INTERNACIONAL SOBRE LA MINERIA DEL ORO EN PEQUEÑA ESCALA, hosted in Guayana, Venezuela in mayo 2006.  These presentations are in Portuguese and are available for viewing from the Venezuela documents page.


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