How do large and small scale mining coexist?
Artisanal and Small‐Scale Mining (ASM) can be traced back to ancient history in regions where specific geological conditions made mining possible, which is why it has been traditionally carried out by rural communities as their main economic activity or as part of their diversified production systems.
Scenarios where informal and formal mining activities coexist in the same mining area have led to the development of different interactions and strategies by both ASM and industrial mining in collaboration with public, and sometimes private institutions (often NGOs).
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News regarding this topic
The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) and The Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) sign an agreement to promote collaborative approaches between large and small-scale mining.