$24 Trillion

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An estimated $24 trillion in untapped deposits of raw mineral ores lie beneath the Congo’s incredibly vast lands. This is the equivalent to the combined Gross Domestic Product of Europe and the United States *1. This figure accounts only for the reserves not currently being mined, not including the many billions already being mined across the country. DRC … Read More

Artisanal Small-Scale Mining (ASM) & how does it relate to Large-Scale Mining (LSM)?

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Artisanal Small-Scale Mining vs. Large-Scale Formal Mining ASM activities often take place near or within the formal mining concessions of large-scale mining (LSM) operations. ASM may take place in abandoned mining areas, in tailing dams, low volume deposits, or in downstream areas. Interactions between LSM and ASM are increasing as both … Read More

What is Artisanal & Small-Scale Mining (ASM)?

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A common definition for the Artisanal & Small-Scale Mining sector has not been adopted as its legal status, defining criteria, and local definitions vary from country to country1. Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) are formal or informal operations with predominantly simplified forms of exploration, extraction, processing and transportation. ASM is normally … Read More

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