A mercury-free future

Name:  A Mercury-free Future – A Sustainable mine model for ASM in African-Colombian communities in the region of Chocó

Dates:  October 2020 – September 2023  

Intervention Country:  Colombia

United States Department of State (USDOS)  

World Wildlife Fund Colombia (WWF) (Project Director)
Institute for the Environmental Research of the Pacific (Instituto de Investigaciones Ambientales del Pacífico – IIAP)
Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM)


Strengthen the resilience of ASM communities to resist the pressure of actors within the informal sector to sell gold outside the formal chain supply or buy mercury for its processing. ASMO with an approach on environmental issues


Unión Panamericana and Tadó, Chocó.

Expected Results

  • Mining communities in Tadó and Unión Panamericana will implement proper, more efficient mercury-free technology and make progress on their formalization and sustainability route.
  • To strengthen the access of mining organizations into the formal markets with better conditions through the progressive improvement program “Sustainable Mines” by ARM, based on CRAFT Code and Fairmined Standard.
  • To develop, establish and enforce practical regulatory frameworks that include ASM and mercury use.
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