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>> Leaders Unite to Fight Waste and Pollution amid Warnings of 18 tonnes of Natural Resources Extracted for Every Human on the Planet in 2050



31.1.2018 Mercury-free mining

Mercury-free mining: UNDP, GEF and the Government of Peru work together to reduce the use of mercury in mining

 

Source: thegef.org, 2018-01-17

In 2016, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) approved the Global Opportunities for Long-term Development of the Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining Sector (GOLD) programme to help artisanal gold miners eliminate the use of mercury in gold mining, reduce harmful risks to their health and the environment and create sustainable livelihood opportunities.

The GEF GOLD programme intends to introduce and promote best practices and techniques for gold extraction in collaboration with the governments of eight countries (Burkina Faso, Colombia, Guyana, Indonesia, Kenya, Mongolia, Peru, and the Philippines), three United Nations (UN) agencies (the United Nations Development Programme, UN Environment, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization) and one Non-Governmental Organization (Conservation International). As part of the GOLD programme, UNDP will be supporting the Governments of Colombia, Indonesia, Kenya and Peru. Projects are expected to start in early 2018.

Peru is the largest producer of gold in Latin America and the sixth largest in the world. Total mercury releases to the environment from Artisanal Small Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) in Peru were estimated to be 70 tonnes in 2010, and this has likely risen with increasing gold production and miner population. According to the Ministry of Energy and Mines of Peru, as many as 200,000 Artisanal and Small-scale Gold miners produced 38.7 tonnes of gold, or roughly one quarter of Perus total gold exports in 2016.

Read more at:
https://www.thegef.org/news/mercury-free-mining-undp-gef-and-government-peru-work-together-reduce-use-mercury-artisanal-and


31.1.2018 Leaders Unite to Fight Waste and

Leaders Unite to Fight Waste and Pollution amid Warnings of 18 tonnes of Natural Resources Extracted for Every Human on the Planet in 2050

 

Source: thegef.org, 2018-01-24

The heads of some of the worlds largest companies such as Alphabet, The Coca-Cola Company, Royal Philips, Unilever, the Governments of Indonesia, Nigeria, the Peoples Republic of China and Rwanda and UN Environment, the Global Environment Facility and the World Bank have committed to efforts that cut waste and pollution.

They have partnered to form the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE) and are taking action to tackle pressing environmental challenges, from electronic waste to plastic pollution.

They advocate a circular economy: one that exchanges the typical cycle of make-use-dispose of in favour of redesign, reuse and recycling. The longer that materials and resources are in use, the greater the value extracted, which reduces our dependence on them. Extending the life of products creates new business opportunities and revenue streams, while minimizing the environmental impact of mining, resource extraction, refining and manufacture.

 

Read more at:

https://www.thegef.org/news/leaders-unite-fight-waste-and-pollution-amid-warnings-18-tonnes-natural-resources-extracted

     

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