How countries are reducing anthropogenic mercury pollution
Gold mining practised on a small scale, known as artisanal and small-scale gold mining or ASGM, is crucial to the livelihood of millions of people in over 80 countries, mainly in rural areas with limited alternative economic prospects.
ASGM directly employs approximately 15 million miners, of which an estimated 4-5 million are women and children, and produces up to 20 per cent of the world’s gold. It is increasingly recognized as an opportunity to alleviate poverty and contribute to local, national, and regional development.
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