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Environmental Management

, Volume 30, Issue 6, pp 0764–0777 | Cite as

Technology, Managerial, and Policy Initiatives for Improving Environmental Performance in Small-Scale Gold Mining Industry

  • Gavin Hilson
  • Rita van der Vorst

Abstract

This paper reviews a series of strategies for improving environmental performance in the small-scale gold mining industry. Although conditions vary regionally, few regulations and policies exist specifically for small-scale gold mining activity. Furthermore, because environmental awareness is low in most developing countries, sites typically feature rudimentary technologies and poor management practices. A combination of policy-, managerial- and technology-related initiatives is needed to facilitate environmental improvement in the industry. Following a broad overview of these initiatives, a recommended strategy is put forth for governments keen on improving the environmental conditions of resident small-scale gold mines.

KEY WORDS: Small-scale mining; Gold; Technology; Policy; Environmental management 

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gavin Hilson
    • 1
  • Rita van der Vorst
    • 1
  1. 1.Environmental Policy and Management Group (EPMG), Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Royal School of Mines, Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BP UKGB

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