GHANA ASM FORMALIZATION PROJECT (GASMFP) / GHANA LANDSCAPE RESTORATION AND SMALL SCALE MINING PROJECT (GLRSSMP)

Legislation: Minerals and Mining Act 703 (2006) as amended by Act 900 (2015); MDF Act 912 (2016)

VISION: “Procurement in Investment Project Financing supports Borrowers to achieve Value for Money with Integrity in delivering Sustainable Development

Objectives: Create enabling conditions for the orderly, safe, sustainable, and environmentally sound development of artisanal and small-scale mining in Ghana.

Constraints to be addressed: Legal and regulatory weaknesses or gaps; institutional capacity; technical constraints (licensing, geology, mining and processing); environmental issues; economic and social sustainability; providing alternatives to illegal mining.

Proposed funding: US$60 million IDA loan.  THIS IS BEING NEGOTIATED. Already, US$3 million disbursed as Project Preparation Advance (PPA).

Duration: Proposed five-year (5) implementation period.

Beneficiaries: Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources (MLNR), Ministry of Environment Science and Technology (MEST), Minerals Commission (MC), Forestry Commission (FC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), etc., ASM Communities, ASM service providers. 

Enforcement: Police, Military, Judicial Service and Customary Laws (Chiefs and Elders)

Civil: Non-militant and non-combatant approaches

Integration: Local empowerment intervention programs (multi-stakeholder involvement

Technological Approach: Drones, Satellite Imagery etc

 Tremendous potential for job-creation and poverty reduction

A significant source of direct (est. 1 million people) and indirect (est. 3 million people) employment

Proposed multi-sectoral approach to combatting illegal mining in Ghana

  • Accelerate Geological Investigation
  • Promote investment in ASM Value Addition
  • Redefine Small-Scale Mining; Restrict the Use of Large-Scale Equipment in ASM
  • Empower ASM Communities
  • Simplify ASM permitting
  • Bring services closer to ASM