Social and Livelihood Issues
This theme includes all aspects of positive and negative
social and economic impacts including but not limited to
gender, child labour, health and livelihood issues.
Relationship between Community Miners, Government and Industry
The aim of this theme is to discuss the relationship between
community miners, government and large-scale mining operations.
This includes all aspects of governance of community mining,
including potential large-scale economic impacts of mining.
Case studies exploring partnerships between community miners and
large mining businesses are encouraged.
Environmental Impacts and Mining Reclamation
This theme will cover the type, scale and distribution of
artisanal and small-scale mines, environmental impacts,
bioremediation and mine reclamation methods that are
appropriate for small-scale mining.
Small-Scale Mining Technology
The purpose of this theme is to discuss all aspects of
small-scale mining technology including innovative approaches.
Special focus will be given to environmentally friendly technologies
including mercury- and cyanide-free methods of extracting gold.