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Author Seccatore, J.; de Theije, M.
Title (down) Socio-technical study of small-scale gold mining in Suriname Type
Year 2017 Publication Journal Of Cleaner Production Abbreviated Journal J. Clean Prod.
Volume 144 Issue Pages 107-119
Keywords Artisanal mining; Suriname; Gold; Mercury
Abstract Small-scale gold mining is Suriname's main economic sector, producing about two thirds of the nation's gold. Despite this, the sector is only very loosely regulated and most small-scale mining activities are informal. Surinamese miners are only a minority: the majority are Brazilian migrants, who have no right to the land and therefore have to pay a percentage of their production for land use. This study reports the findings of a field mission to small-scale mines in the region of Brokopondo reservoir. We document the technical aspects of small-scale gold mining in Suriname and contextualize this technology to social issues to identify links with cultural, political and sociological factors. Our findings show that informality and insecurity lead to a mine management culture that applies short-term solutions, such as cheap but polluting and inefficient technologies, and fails to produce stable, long-term mining conditions for clean, efficient technology and secure business planning. We conclude that the social context of the mining economy in Suriname strongly interacts with the technologies employed. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Address [Seccatore, Jacopo] Adolfo Ibanez Univ, Fac Sci & Engn, Vina Del Mar, Chile, Email: jacopo.seccatore@usp.br
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Publisher Elsevier Sci Ltd Place of Publication Editor
Language English Summary Language Original Title
Series Editor Series Title Abbreviated Series Title
Series Volume Series Issue Edition
ISSN 0959-6526 ISBN Medium
Area Expedition Conference
Notes WOS:000393249300011 Approved
Call Number UAI @ eduardo.moreno @ Serial 698
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