This project was designed as a rights-based response to the challenges of Small Scale Mining that has led to conflicts, high incidence of youth unemployment and rural poverty that has contributed to massive interest in illegal artisanal mining (galamsey) in the Western Region. The project activities encouraged the registration of artisanal small scale miners and strengthen their capacities to adopt appropriate technologies for environmentally sustainable practices and support ongoing advocacies for geologically-viable land and decentralization of mineral rights acquisition. The project was implemented in the Western Region of Ghana particularly, seven (7) districts where activities of Small-scale Mining is intensive, notably; Prestea-Huni valley District, Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality, Wassa-Amenfi East District, Wassa-Amenfi West District, Mpohor District, Shama District and Bibiani Anhwiaso Bekwei District.
The project contributed to
- Enhanced mineral recovery by small-scale miners
- Improved dialogue between small-scale miners and policy makers and regulators
- Demarcation of certain areas for geological exploration to be allocated for small-scale miners
- Promote environmental friendly gold mining to reduce environmental damage associated with Small scale gold mining