Keywords: mercury, Ghana, UNIDO, environment, environmental pollution, small-scale mining, gold mining, artisanal mining, regulation, EU, European Union
A viewpoint on small-scale gold mining in Ghana: a regulatory perspective on current practices, mercury use and the UNIDO and EU projects
This paper opens the special issue by providing an overview of small-scale gold mining in Ghana. Furthermore, it highlights the sector's mercury pollution problem, and describes two important interventions – projects funded by UN and EU – recently made to address the problem. Despite having considerable shortcomings, these projects have laid important groundwork for a comprehensive mercury pollution abatement strategy in Ghana. Various aspects of these projects are examined further in the special issue.