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Sustainability transformations in artisanal and small scale gold mining: a multi actor and trans regional perspective


The objective of the ST-ASGM project is to consider whether a transformative approach towards sustainability can arise in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining (ASGM). Supporting the livelihoods of millions of people in low and lower middle income countries, ASGM has potential to contribute to sustainable development across the 17 SDGs. However, negative impacts generate critical barriers to sustainability. Anthropology is an entry point for an interdisciplinary approach to better conceptualize the dynamic, heterogeneous reality of ASGM and to identify potential for sustainable transformations in these shifting social settings. Capitalizing existing ASGM partnerships, this forms the basis for a trans-continental and trans-national project organized within 7 work Packages for integrated comparative Sustainability Tracking between South America, West Africa and East Africa. To add value to global research efforts, “Sustainability Conversations” will enhance impact, co-producing knowledge with mining actors to understand sustainability from miners own perspectives. A strategic evidence-based summary “Visions and Vistas for Sustainable Futures in ASGM” contributes to policy influence. Giving creative expression to people’s understandings of sustainable mining futures and impact is an exciting collaboration between African photographers from NUKU Studios, Ghana, and the Museum of Ethnography of Material Culture, The Netherlands. This incorporates the co-production of visual images with African and Brazilian gold miners, as the basis of an exhibition traveling “Moving Mine Matters” between West and East Africa , Brazil, and Netherlands in 2020-1. (AU)

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CALVIMONTES, J.; MASSARO, L.; ARAUJO, C. H. X.; MORAES, R. R.; MELLO, J.; FERREIRA, L. C.; DE THEIJE, M.. Small-scale gold mining and the COVID-19 pandemic: Conflict and cooperation in the Brazilian Amazon. EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES AND SOCIETY-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL, v. 7, n. 4, p. 1347-1350, . (19/09709-9, 20/07985-6, 18/50033-6)
MASSARO, L.; CALVIMONTES, J.; FERREIRA, L. C.; DE THEIJE, M.. Balancing economic development and environmental responsibility: Perceptions from communities of garimpeiros in the Brazilian Amazon. RESOURCES POLICY, v. 79, p. 11-pg., . (18/50033-6, 19/09709-9, 20/07985-6)
FISHER, ELEANOR; LUNING, SABINE; D'ANGELO, LORENZO; ARAUJO, CARLOS HX; DE BALME, LUIGI ARNALDI; CALVIMONTES, JORGE; VAN DE CAMP, ESTHER; FERREIRA, LUCIA DA COSTA; LANZANO, CRISTIANO; MASSARO, LUCIANA; et al. ransforming matters: sustaining gold lifeways in artisanal and small-scale minin. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, v. 49, p. 190-200, . (19/09709-9, 20/07985-6, 18/50033-6)

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