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.



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