Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
GEF GOLD BURKINA FASO: LAUNCH OF THE PREPARATORY PHASE
The GEF Global Opportunities for Long-term Development (GOLD) programme of the ASGM sector aims at reducing the use of mercury through facilitating the access to finance to artisanal miners and mining communities and through the development of sustainable ASGM gold supply chains. Through the GOLD program, the GEF provides 45 million USD in total to eight countries with a sizable gold mining sector where mercury is still used frequently in artisanal mining.
As part of the GEF GOLD programme, the project in Burkina Faso was officially launched on the 24th of February 2017 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The one year preparatory phase of the five year GOLD project will focus on the collection and confirmation of baseline data, the development of a gender analysis and an environmental and social assessment in the country and eventually the preparation of the final project document.
The launch event in Ouagadougou on 24 February 2017 was attended by more than 40 participants including representatives of Burkina Faso’s Ministry of Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change, and Ministry of Mines and Quarries, the United States Department of State, and the US embassies in Ghana and Burkina Faso, as well as representatives of women’s and miners associations, and the Artisanal Gold Council.