May 18th, 2015
In early April, the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) brought together miners, local partners and government agencies from Senegal, Burkina Faso and Mali to exchange experiences and learn more about the requirements and benefits of Fairmined Certification. It was the first regional workshop under ARMs project in West Africa that pilots Fairmined Certification and promotes solutions for drastic mercury emission reduction.
The workshop was a testimony to the miners commitment and the support of local organizations in their road to a more formal, safe and sustainable sector. However, it was also a testimony to the great challenges miners face in the three countries where they struggle with little or no access to drinking water, low technical knowledge and inefficient techniques, hazardous working conditions, child labor and gender inequality.