Remote sensing in support of artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) policy development and evaluation

This project is being settled in the frame of a wider study that aims to support: (1) National and regional artisanal and small-scale mining (ASGM) policy development and evaluation; (2) Environmental risk assessment in aquatic environments affected by ASGM activity; (3) The further development of the guidance for national action plans (NAPs) on ASGM; and (4) The monitoring guidance work advanced by the Secretariat of the Minamata Convention for the effectiveness evaluation. The project will contribute to the development of a technical background-document on: (1) The influence ASGM activity has on the aquatic environment; (2) The benefits and challenges in using remote sensing technologies and in-situ environmental monitoring of Hg (and related support parameters) in water, sediment and selected biota, individually and together; and (3) Suggestion of a strategy and methods for ASGM site-identification and prioritization, as well as, environmental sampling, chemical analysis and data-treatment, including SOPs, in support of the study's objectives. More specifically this project has a focus on the use of remote sensing technologies. The role of the MapX team in this project is fourfold: (1) Contribute to the drafting of a technical guidance document aiming at showing the benefits and challenges of using remote sensing technologies to support artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) policy development, implementation and evaluation; (2) Implement remote sensing methods to illustrate the technical guidance document with concrete use cases; (3) Develop a story map into MapX in order to showcase the results of the use cases; and (4) Coordinate with an African researcher to get a regional or national perspective on the study.

Project Profile

Potentially any region in the World, with a focus on Ghana
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