Accelerating innovation for artisanal and small-scale mining in the Amazon

Project name: 

Accelerating innovation for artisanal and small-scale mining in the Amazon


May 17, 2022 – November 18, 2022

Countries of intervention: 

Madre de Dios, Perú

Mahdia, Guiana

Brokopondo, Suriname




Conservation X Labs (CXL) is leading the implementation of the Amazon CoLab program, together with:

  • Engineering for Change LLC (E4C), an experienced accelerator, provides training and support in the field and user testing, product development and engineering, market validation, and financial sustainability models;
  • USAID Peru’s Prevenir Project provides financing for field testing.
  • Centro de Innovación Científica Amazónica (CINCIA) providing support with environmental impact assessments and monitoring.

Implementing partner:

Alliance for Responsible Mining

Project Summary


To complete the components of the ASM progress App platform, incorporating the Forest Smart Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (FS-ASM) standard; testing the platform in the field and its usefulness for supply chain actors; as well as validating the commercial strategy of the innovation.


Groups of artisanal and small-scale gold miners in the Amazon in 3 countries: Peru, Guyana, and Suriname.


  1. Advance and complete the development of the ASM Progress App integrating Forest Smart Mining (FSM) criteria.
  2. Test the application of the tool in the field with miners and its usefulness for CSOs and local authorities.
  3. Define and implement the commercial strategy of the application with its customers.

Some expected results

  • ASM Progress App platform with built-in FS-ASM criteria.
  • Performance reports of the mining sites visited, using the platform.
  • Validation of platform functionality by potential customers.
  • Sustainable business model for the ASM Progress App.

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