On the 5th-8th of march, WGI went on a field trip to the gold mining areas of Moroto and Nakapiripit districts .This was conducted under the project on “Promoting mining industry compliance to social and environmental safeguards in Uganda” .The main objectives of this trip were;
- To sensitize relevant authorities on the work of WGI and the project.
- To collect soil and water samples from gold mining and processing points, including the surrounding environment that will be tested in the laboratory for presence of Mercury, Cyanide, Arsenic, Lead and Aluminium as indicators of pollution. Recent reports indicate that communities continue to use these hazardous chemicals in gold extraction processes. The results derived from the laboratory tests shall be shared with the relevant authorities at local and central government levels.
- To understand the dynamics in the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector and the impact of mining activities on the livelihoods of local communities on ground.
- To sensitize relevant stakeholders on the risks of the chemicals used in Gold extraction and ways in which such risks may be mitigated.