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

Sep 11, 2023 / 6 Min Read

This sector defies a universal definition due to varying legal statuses, criteria, and local interpretations1. At its core, ASM encompasses both structured and unstructured endeavors marked by simple methods of prospecting, retrieval, refinement, and movement. It thrives on modest capital investments and relies on labor-centric techniques, creating a distinctive tapestry of resource extraction.


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