Artisanal and small scale mining for development (eastern Indonesia)

Artisanal and small scale mining for development (eastern Indonesia)

Context

Artisanal and small scale mining (ASM) occurs widely across Indonesia. While it has potential to alleviate poverty by providing cash income for the rural poor, there are many negative impacts. Negative social impacts include conflict, loss of social cohesion, child labour, and ill health, injuries and death from pollution and mine collapse. Negative environmental impacts include pollution of rivers and coastal ecosystems, increased erosion and sedimentation and reduced agricultural production.  

The project aims to build local capacity in eastern Indonesia to monitor the environmental and social impacts of ASM and develop improved governance to minimise the deleterious impacts of ASM.

Locations

Provinces of Sulawesi Tenggara (SULTRA) and Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT)

Activities

  • In-country training in assessment of environmental and social impacts of ASM
  • Field surveys with local partners to assess impacts and inform improved policy and practice
  • Study tour and work attachments on small scale mining in northern Australia to build linkages between Indonesian and Australian counterparts
  • Multi-stakeholder forums to explore governance issues and policy options to influence the realisation of improved small scale mining for development in practice

This project builds on past projects conducted by partners including:

  • Monitoring manganese mining in West Timor – CDU (AusAID Public Sector Linkages Program (PSLP) http://indonnrmpslp.ehs.cdu.edu.au/mn/
  • Building capacity for social and environmental impact assessment in Sulawesi, Indonesia – ANU (AusAID PSLP)

Websitehttp://asm4d.wordpress.com/

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