Artisanal and small gold mining (ASGM) typically entails the use of liquid elemental mercury to extract gold from soils and sediment. This practice occurs in more than 70 countries around the world and collectively contributes the largest source of anthropogenic mercury emissions to the atmosphere. Effective solutions to address ASGM-related challenges require collaborations between many sectors including science, technology, economics, policy and governance. In June 2021, Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy solutions and the Duke Center for International and Global Studies sponsored a workshop that convened health, environment, and policy experts from government, academic, and other NGO groups. This workshop represents a first step towards convening stakeholders to help translate our research to a policy agenda.
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