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Small-scale mining in Kyrgyz Republic

In 2004 GEUS was awarded a World Bank financed project to conduct a baseline survey of artisanal and small scale mining in Kyrgyz Republic and to assist the Bank task manager to produce distance learning courses on this topic. GEUS subcontracted part of the work to Community Business Forum (CBF), an NGO enterprise based in Bishkek the capital of Kyrgyz Republic.

The project involved visits to a large number of small-scale mining sites with detailed discussions with the small-scale miners. A large part of the small-scale miners user mercury to extract placer as well as hard rock gold. Most of them were aware of the dangers of using mercury, but could not see how they could avoid using it. Very few had ever heard about the possibilities of recycling mercury.

Detailed questionnaires were distributed in several small-scale mining districts by CFB. Teaching and training courses for small-scale miners were held in villages as well as in Bishkek.



Small-scale gold miner in Kyrgyz republic



Teaching and training of small-scale miners in a village in Kyrgyz Republic .
Read and/or download the report:
Appel, P.W.U., Dyikanova, C., Esengulova, N. & Tagaeva, A. 2004:
Baseline survey of artisanal and small-scale mining and Teaching seminars for small scale miners in Kyrgyz Republic 2003.
Danmarks og Grønlands Geologiske Undersøgelse Rapport 2004/11 , 28 pp.

More info on GEUS fact sheet:
Sustainable development of small-scale mining



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