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International Conference on Artisanal and Small-scale Mining & Quarrying

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The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) is proud to be a supporting partner of the International Conference on Artisanal and Small-scale Mining & Quarrying (ASM18) taking place September 11–13, 2018, in Livingstone, Zambia. The IGF is hosting the workshop on women in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM), an integrated feature of the conference’s parallel sessions.

The IGF’s workshop, part of its collaboration with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), will highlight our recent report on challenges and opportunities for women’s participation in ASM, as well as our report highlighting global trends in ASM.

The goal of the conference is to foster a global dialogue about the development opportunities and challenges of ASM while providing a space for the voices of ASM to share visions of the future.

A wide spectrum of commodities will be discussed, ranging from the well known, such as precious metals and precious stones, to those that have yet to receive due attention, such as Development Minerals, like aggregate and clay.

Up to 400 participants are expected to attend ASM18, representing:

  • Artisanal and small-scale miners, quarry workers, mineral processors and users, traders, equipment manufacturers, end-product producers and other private sector actors involved in the minerals supply chain
  • Representatives of mining and quarry associations, including women’s mining associations
  • Representatives of government ministries, agencies and geological surveys
  • Academics and researchers
  • Civil society and non-governmental organizations
  • Multilateral and bilateral development actors, including intergovernmental organizations

Click to find more information about ASM18 and how to register online.

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