Publications Mining & Community Research

Environmental Issues of Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining in the Tarkwa Mining Area of Ghana

Dumakor-Dupey, N. K. and Bansah, K. J. (2017)

SME Annual Meeting ― Feb. 19 - 22, 2017, Denver, CO


We made site visits to determine potential environmental issues caused by artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) in the Tarkwa Mining Area (TMA) of Ghana. Activities of the diggers were observed to degrade vegetation, land and water. Improper handling of mercury was also identified as a major threat to people and ecosystem. Large abandoned pits and trenches posed fall traps to farmers, hunters and wildlife. We argue that lack of adequate monitoring and regulatory enforcement by Ghanaian authorities, together with inappropriate mining processes, probably due to lack of technical expertise are contributing factors to the environmental issues of artisanal and smallscale mining in the TMA.

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