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Title: Perception of Small-Scale Miners on Interventions to Eradicate Illegal Small-Scale Mining in Ghana
Authors: Wireko-Gyebi, Rejoice Selorm
Osei Asibey, Michael
Amponsah, Owusu
King, Rudith Sylvana
Keywords: Ghana
illegal mining
artisanal small-scale mining
environmental sustainability
Issue Date: Dec-2020
Publisher: Water and environmental management in Ghana
Citation: Water and environmental management in Ghana
Abstract: The proliferation of illegal mining in Ghana, coupled with its environmental impacts, especially on water bodies has compelled the government to ban all artisanal small-scale mining (ASM) activities in the country. The ban is intended to promote environmental sustainability while the government takes steps to provide sustainable health, and environmental-friendly ASM in Ghana. This paper assesses the perception of registered miners on the current approach by the Ghanaian government to stop illegal mining. Analyses of data from focus group discussions and key informant interviews revealed that the miners felt “left out” of the entire process. They maintained that they were not directly involved in the process to ban illegal mining in Ghana. To them, the proliferation of illegal mining in Ghana is the result of non-performing government institutions, corruption, and cumbersome licensing procedures. The article calls for improvement in the collaboration between the government and miners through a simplified participatory framework for the management of ASM in Ghana.
Description: This article is published in Water and environmental management in Ghana and is also available at DOI:10.1177/2158244020963668
URI: DOI:10.1177/2158244020963668
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