Reducing Pollution hazard for vulnerable population and promoting sustainable land management
Reducing Pollution hazard for vulnerable population and promoting sustainable land management
Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) is an essential livelihood for women, men and youth in East Africa. In Kenya, ASGM supports at least 40,000 direct livelihoods in Kenya, scattered across north and south west provinces of Nyanza and Rift Valley provinces (Ministry of Mines, 2017). The goal of the project is to provide quality technical education and access to resource efficient mining technologies to reduce mercury exposures for vulnerable populations, facilitate mine rehabilitation and promote organizational strengthening. Objectives of the project are to 1. Improve access to resource efficient gold mining technologies and skills training to reduce mercury use and boost profits in ASGM; 2. Improve capacity for sustainable land management through forest-smart mine rehabilitation in target ASGM communities; 3. Strengthen the institutional capacity of MICA as a cooperative and MOKA as women’s self-help group.

MICA believes that transformation of the ASGM sector can occur through education and positive behaviours change to manage mineral and forest resources efficiently. MICA’s vision for transformation of the artisanal and small-scale mining sector in Migori, is part of a process framed by the principles of sustainable development, is one where educated women, men and youth can improve their practices to reduce health risks and improve economic opportunities, while promoting environmental management. The project seeks to empower women, men and youth by providing technical and professional assistance so as to improve their skills in mining, processing and marketing of gold without endangering the local environment and human health, while promoting sustainable land management practices.

The project is to be implemented over a period of 17 months (July 2019 – December 2020). The plan will be implemented in collaboration with various stakeholders, including; ministry of mining, National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), the Kenya Forest Research Institute (KEFRI and Mt. Baker Mining and Metals, a private sector donor trying to facilitate access for safer mining technologies.
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Project Snapshot

Migori County Artisanal (MICA) Miners Cooperative Society Ltd
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Operational Phase:
Phase 6
Grant Amount:
US$ 41,500.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 1,000.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 47,600.00
Project Number:
Start Date:
End Date:
Currently under execution

Grantee Contact

Mr. Julius Opiyo


P.O. Box 1004 – 40400 Suna – Migori, Kenya Mikei Shopping Centre, off Migori – Sori Road

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Nancy Chege
(254-20) 7624473
(254-20) 621076
Ms. Salome Nyakundi


UNDP, P.O. Box 30218
Nairobi, 00100