Emergency Support Needed for Artisanal Small Scale (ASM) Sector
40.5 million people rely on Artisanal and Small Scale mines for their livelihood and were vulnerable before the outbreak of COVID-19 and even more so now. As gold prices rise, so does exploitation and violence for these miners. LBMA have compiled a report focusing on the key themes in this sector comparing data collected from GDL refiners with statistics collated by Metals Focus. We call on industry, government and civil society to urgently work together to support and protect these vulnerable communities.