ASM-PACE Methodological Toolkit
The Methodological Toolkit is designed to help users identify workable, informed solutions that contribute to long-term development whilst protecting and safeguarding fragile ecosystems, whether they are officially protected or not. Recognising the difficulty in protecting an area's environmental importance without local community support, this project uses a scientific foundation of knowledge-based, participatory methods and rights-based approaches to work with miners, their communities and other stakeholders –– in order to design sustainable solutions. This means finding ways to allow people to benefit from their resources without undermining the resilience of the ecosystem.
ASM IS A GROWING AND COMMONLY ECOLOGICALLY DAMAGING ACTIVITY, BUT ONE WHOSE IMPACTS CAN BE MANAGED AND MITIGATED.
The Tools were pilot tested in Liberia and Gabon in 2011 and Madagascar in 2012 and are currently being used by WWF and Estelle Levin Ltd. to review different approaches taken in different countries for balancing conservation and economic priorities in protected areas affected by ASM. Lessons learned through these assessments will be used to devise and test suitable solutions in a number of national parks. The aim is to create pragmatic and sustainable win-win situations and guidance documents for countries, conservation organizations, local communities and other stakeholders faced with this dilemma.
The utility of the Methodological Toolkit is that it should enable its users to assess and understand ASM in protected areas and critical ecosystems (PACE), and to identify strategies for mitigating it.
In line with the goals of the ASM-PACE Programme, the Methodological Toolkit has been designed to help users to:
- Rapidly assess and map environmental, social and economic impacts of Artisanal and Small-scale Mining,with a particular focus on protected areas, critical ecosystems and vulnerable groups.
- Identify potential solutions and alternative approaches through assessment of past efforts (both successes and failures) to address the identified short- and long-term environmental impacts.
- Identify and develop measures that can produce concrete improvements in critical ecosystems through sustainable solutions that reduce the environmental and social damage caused by ASM, whilstbuilding on its economic, social, and empowerment potential.