Fact finding mission Uganda March 2017

Throughout Uganda are numerous small-scale gold mining sites where thousands of miners use mercury every day to recover the yellow metal. This impose a heavy burden on the environment of Uganda and on the health of the Ugandan population. Funding has fortunately been obtained from Dialogos to introduce mercury-free gold extraction (Ref 1) on some of the Ugandan small-scale mining sites. The project described below is a fact finding mission where selected small-scale gold mining sites were visited in order to determine which sites will be the best choice for demonstrating mercury-free gold extraction by a group of small-scale miners from Philippines and for the Philippine miners to train local miners as trainers for further spreading of the mercury-free gold extraction technique. The fact finding mission also outline which equipment has to be constructed/purchased in order to make the demonstrations of mercury-free gold extraction. During the brief survey of mining and processing sites it was observed that the procedures of extracting gold used by the Ugandan small-scale mines and processors are not sufficiently efficient. Minor changes in procedures will be able to increase gold recovery considerably.

Uganda

 

Participants in field work

Peter W. U. Appel, Appelglobal pwuappel@yahoo.dk

Massy-Moses Kasule, PHE and New Horizon Project Uganda National Association of Community and Occupational Health (UNACOH) kasulemm@hotmail.com

Kamese N. Geoffrey, National Association of Professional Environmentalists. kamese@nape.or.ug