Bolivia

Bolivia has not only signed the Minamata convention but also the ratification and is thus focussed on stop the gold miners using mercury. The set is thus set for action against use of mercury. Sale of mercury is still permitted, but will soon be declared illegal.

The Danish NGO Dialogos carried out a fact finding mission in July 2019. The aim was to prepare a project proposal to the Danish NGO Dialogos and CISU to finance a three year project in Bolivia aiming at introducing the Philippine mercury-free gold extraction method among the small-scale miners in Bolivia in Sorata and Guanay areas. Small-scale gold mines in Bolivia are mainly organised in cooperatives, whereas individual gold miners are rare.

La Suerte cooperative where the proposed training site is to be established

The entire report can be downloaded here Fact finding mission Bolivia (1.8MB)