Community mining in Indonesia:

Minimising harm, maximising benefits

International conference : Jakarta 2-4 November 2016

Context For The Conference

It is estimated more than 2 million people are directly involved in small scale and artisanal mining activities in Indonesia producing gold, manganese, tin, coal, building materials and many other materials used in daily lives. Currently community mining in Indonesia is largely informal and unregulated. There is the potential to provide positive social and economic benefits for many communities in Indonesia, supporting the livelihoods of millions. However, there are often significant detrimental social, public health and long-term environmental impacts associated with community mining.

This conference provides an opportunity to discuss the impacts of community mining and to explore strategies to minimise harm and maximise benefits. The conference will bring together national and international experts from Government, University, Industry and NGO sectors to share their understanding of community mining in Indonesia.

The first National Congress of Community Miners will be held on the 1st of November and will provide an opportunity for miners to discuss legislative reform and provide recommendations to government. An overview of these recommendations will be presented at the beginning of the conference.

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