Artisanal small scale mining (ASM) remains a valuable source of global mineral supply. In Ghana, most of the people engaged in ASM do so for livelihood and the sector could be a poverty alleviation tool in many mining communities in the country. ASM in Ghana remains largely unregulated and many past governments had instituted military measures to criminalize their activities mainly because of environmental pollution. These have resulted in police brutalities of small scale artisans, shootings, burning of excavators belonging to the miners, death of a security officer, among others. Despite these command and control strategies, the miners continue to return to mine sites. Why do these small scale artisans continue to return to their activities, albeit the human right abuses? Could the sector then be harnessed as an alternative to poverty amelioration in mining communities? In this episode of CEBSAR TALK, we unpack alternative measures to ensuring cleaner production in the ASM sector.
Host: Mr. Evans Appiah Kissi (Doctoral researcher at the University of Kassel, Germany)
Panel: Dr. Ishmael Wireko (Ministry of Energy and Resources at Regina, Canada); Mr. Albert Kobina Mensah (CEO, CEBSAR-AFRICA and doctoral researcher at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany) and Dr. Francis Xavier Tuokuu (Postdoctoral Fellow at York University, Toronto-Canada).