COVID-19 Impact on ASM News about how COVID-19 is affecting artisanal and small scale mining in the world


Scholarship on ASM in Indonesia has focused on the use of mercury which is used to stick to and easily extract small gold particles through a process known as amalgamation1. According to the United Nations, Indonesia is the world’s third largest mercury emitter after China and India, due to the increasing demand from ASM2. Despite these negative environmental impacts, it is estimated that the sector provides a livelihood to more than one million people in the country3.

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Two diamond miners panning in Cempaka, Banjarbaru, South Borneo, Indonesia
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Key Minerals Mined by ASM

Clays • Coal • Diamond • Gold • Tin • Zeolite

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Data Collection Partner: World Bank & Yayasan Tambuhak Sinta


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The data presented in this Version 1 of the Delve platform are from secondary sources and reflect data availability on the ASM sector. All data, countries and minerals are not yet represented. Data will be added on an ongoing basis as the global data gap on ASM continues to be filled. Visualizations created with under a Creative Commons (CC) Attribution-NonCommercial license.

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