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


Susan Egan Keane is the Senior Director of Global Advocacy, in NRDC’s International Program. Susan is a public health specialist with over 30 years of experience working on domestic and international environmental health issues. In the US, her work experience has covered a range of topics, including control of toxic chemicals, air pollution regulation, pesticides management, and water quality standards and criteria. Her international work has taken her around the globe, including Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Susan is an internationally-known advocate for reducing global mercury pollution, particularly in artisanal and small-scale gold mining. Susan was directly engaged with governments during the negotiations of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, which became law in August of 2017. She is now working with the UN agencies, countries and NGOs to put the Convention into action. In particular, she is working with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and UNEP on a new $45 million project to reduce mercury use in small-scale gold mining in eight countries. She is also the co-leader of the ASGM Area of the United Nations Environment Program Global Mercury Partnership.