Development Through Participation

Mercury Use in Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining

This video with Yayasan Tambuhak Sinta’s Technical Director, Sumali Agrawal , describes the use of mercury in gold extraction in small-scale mining activities. It further underlines the risks that mercury poses to the surrounding environment and people. It also presents an overview of alternative, environmentally-friendly methods that can be applied in place of mercury amalgamation.

The Manado Method

Video made by Yayasan Tambuhak Sinta’s Sumali Agrawal in conjunction with Borneo Productions International about a natural alternative to mercury in gold mining. This method has been pioneered by small-scale miners in North Sulawesi and uses ijuk, a strong and sturdy fibre that comes from the bark of the sugar palm tree that grows all over Indonesia.