Thursday, December 3, 2020

Who we Are

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry received a grant from Global Environment Facility (GEF) through United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) to implement the Integrated Sound Management of Mercury in Kenya (IMKA) Gold Project in Artisanal Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM). The project aims to demonstrate a pathway to cleaner and more efficient small-scale gold mining practices that benefit everyone with a bid to reduce mercury use by 1.5 tonnes over the course of thefive years.

What we Do

IMKA Gold Project is a five year project whose objective is to support the formalization of the ASGM sector and the development of responsible mining, by increasing the government and private sector’s capacity and improving regulatory frameworks. The project seeks to promote the adoption of alternative technologies that are safe for the environment and the miners, and also profitable when used by bigger and better organized groupings.

Why IMKA Gold Project

The vast majority of ASGM operations in Kenya are still informal because no legal framework for regulating the sector existed until 2016, and formalization has proceeded slowly since then. The miners often work in dangerous conditions, using toxic substances like mercury. This has considerable impacts on their health and releases hazardous pollution to the environment thus need for an intervention.

Where we Are

The remote regions of western Kenya near Lake Victoria are rich in gold ore. Most of the country’s ASGM activities are carried out in these rural areas, where mining is one of the major ways of earning a living. The project will support six (6) mining communities drawn from the above mentioned region

How we work

  • We support formalization of the ASGM sector
  • Help miners access financing for mercury-free technologies
  • Provide technical assistance and training on alternative technologies
  • Raise awareness and disseminate best practices

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