FSM Burkina Faso: Piloting the Forest Smart Mining (FSM) concept in the artisanal and small-scale mining sector in Burkina

Period : 05 mois ( july- november 2021 )

Country : Burkina Faso

Donor : The World Bank

Partners: Levin Sources ; Fauna and Flora International


Forests are rich ecosystems, home to a wide range of species.
However, the world has lost about half its forests. While mining is not the main driver of deforestation, it does contribute to it. Also, most small-scale mining operations are informal and unregulated, making their impact on forests difficult to manage.
Although it can contribute to economic and social development, artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) has an impact on surrounding forest landscapes, with potential negative consequences for biodiversity, forest and human well-being.
Regardless of its scale, mining should always be conducted in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. This is all the more important as the demand for minerals is increasing;
This means that the potential for deforestation is more likely and therefore worth closer scrutiny.

Forest Smart Mining (FSM):


What is forest smart mining (FSM)?

The FSM or forest smart mining concept is mining that recognises and understands the relationship between forests and ASM, and actively seeks to reduce the damage caused by the latter.

Main objective of the project:

Piloting the FSM concept in ASM in Burkina Faso.

Result 1:

Assess the relevance of the FSM principles, criteria and indicators (PCIs) in the context of artisanal and small-scale mining in Burkina Faso and their alignment with national regulations and initiatives ;

Result 2:

Identify opportunities for adoption of the PCIs of FSM by government institutions, the private sector and civil society ;

Result 3:

Assessment of the feasibility of implementing the PCIs of FSM in the ASM pilot sites in Burkina Faso.

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