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Titre du document / Document title

Small-scale mining and its socio-economic impact in developing countries

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

HILSON Gavin (1) ;

Affiliation(s) du ou des auteurs / Author(s) Affiliation(s)

(1) Environmental Policy & Management Group (EPMG), Imperial College Centre for Environmental Technology (ICCET), Royal School of Mines, London, ROYAUME-UNI

Résumé / Abstract

This article examines both the positive and negative socio-economic impacts of small-scale mining in developing countries, and outlines some key measures for improving sustainability in the sector. It is important to clarify that, in spite of experiencing its share of environmental- and health-related problems that adversely impact human quality-of-life, small-scale mining plays a pivotal role in alleviating poverty in the developing world, and contributes significantly to national revenues and foreign exchange earnings. Though these important socio-economic contributions make small-scale mining an indispensable economic activity, there is an obvious need for improved sustainability in the industry, more specifically, for operations to resolve pressing problems, many of which have wide-ranging impacts. However, because most small-scale mines are low-tech and employ poorly trained uneducated people, it is difficult for the sector to improve on its own. Thus, governments and regional international bodies must play an expanded role in bridging critical information, technologic and economic gaps. It is concluded that governments and regional organizations could accomplish much in the way of improved sustainability in the small-scale mining industry by: (1) legalizing small-scale mining and implementing sector-specific legislation; (2) contributing to community development and providing increased economic support; and (3) providing training and educational assistance, and playing an expanded role in the dissemination and transfer of important technologies.

Revue / Journal Title

Natural resources forum    ISSN  0165-0203 

Source / Source

2002, vol. 26, no1, pp. 3-13 (1 p.1/4)

Langue / Language

Anglais

Editeur / Publisher

Blackwell, Oxford, ROYAUME-UNI  (1976) (Revue)

Mots-clés anglais / English Keywords

carbonate rocks

;

sedimentary rocks

;

clastic rocks

;

national policy

;

mining legislation

;

acid mine drainage

;

mercury

;

air

;

deforestation

;

pollution

;

sulfur

;

limestone

;

clay

;

metals

;

economic data

;

impact statements

;

mining

;

Asia

;

Latin America

;

Africa

;

Mots-clés français / French Keywords

Roche carbonatée

;

Roche sédimentaire

;

Roche clastique

;

Politique état

;

Législation minière

;

Exhaure mine acide

;

Mercure

;

Air

;

Déforestation

;

Pollution

;

Soufre

;

Calcaire

;

Argile

;

Elément métallique

;

Donnée économique

;

Etude impact milieu

;

Exploitation minière

;

Asie

;

Amérique Latine

;

Afrique

;

Mots-clés espagnols / Spanish Keywords

Roca carbonatada

;

Roca sedimentaria

;

Roca clástica

;

Política estado

;

Legislación minera

;

Desague ácido de mina

;

Mercurio

;

Desforestación

;

Polución

;

Azufre

;

Calcáreo

;

Arcilla

;

Elemento metálico

;

Dato económico

;

Estudio impacto medio

;

Asia

;

America latina

;

Africa

;

Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 17580, 35400010196773.0010

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