GEF GOLD Indonesia: Integrated Sound Management of Mercury in Indonesias Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining (ASGM) or ISMIA

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From September 5, 2018 to September 5, 2023

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 12.2 Sustainably manage, efficiently use natural resources
  2. 12.a Build developing country capacity on sustainable consumption, production
  3. 15.9 Integrate ecosystem values into national planning

Project ID: 5872

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Technical team

  • Chemicals and Waste Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Heavy metals
  • Waste management


  • Mercury
  • Source_from_ASGM
  • Source_from_health_sector
  • Hazardous_chemical_waste


  • Human altered areas


  • Mining sites
  • Contaminated sites

Transformed sector(s)

  • Materials and manufacturing
  • Metals and Mining
  • ASGM

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Institutional mechanism and system building


  • Law regulation
  • Management operation
  • Capacity building


  • Institutional framework
  • Laws/ Policy/ Plan formulation
  • Transition to safer alternatives
  • Waste management
  • Awareness raising
  • Institutional capacity building
  • Community capacity building

Social inclusion

  • Artisanal miners

Gender equality


Gender result effectiveness scale



  • Sci-tech pathway
  • People pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation
  • Reduce exposure

SDG target(s)

  • 12.2 Sustainably manage, efficiently use natural resources
  • 12.a Build developing country capacity on sustainable consumption, production
  • 15.9 Integrate ecosystem values into national planning

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Structural/system transformation
  • Multi-stakeholder collaboration

Project description

Project DescriptionWorldwide Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining (ASGM) is the largest global source of anthropogenic mercury releases into the environment (35%) (*1) . Mercury can travel long distances, contributing to global mercury pollution and contaminating the world's ecosystems and fisheries. Exposure to mercury may cause serious health problems, and it is a particular threat to the development of the child in utero and early in life(*2) . Phasing-out mercury from the ASGM sector is therefore of the utmost importance. The ASGM sector is, meanwhile, a very important source of jobs and livelihoods, accounting for about 17-20% of the world's annual gold production(*3) with 15 million people directly participating in ASGM(*4) activities and another 100 million depending on ASGM for their livelihoods. In the above context, UNDP and the Government of Indonesia are in a five-year partnership to address the issues of ASGM in Indonesia through the implementation of Global Environment Facility – Global Opportunities for Long-term Development of Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining Sector (GEF-GOLD): Integrated Sound Management of Mercury in Indonesia's ASGM (hereinafter referred to as “GOLD-ISMIA”) Project. The Ministry of Environment and Forestry (Kementerian Lingkungan Hidup dan Kehutanan/KLHK) and the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (Badan Pengkajian dan Penerapan Teknologi/BPPT) are the Implementing Agencies of this Project.The main objective of the GOLD-ISMIA Project is to reduce/eliminate mercury releases from the Indonesian ASGM sector through four (4) components, namely: •Component 1: Strengthening institutions and the policy/regulatory framework for mercury-free ASGM; •Component 2: Establishing financing lending arrangements to provide loans for mercury-free processing equipment; •Component 3: Increasing the capacity of mining communities for mercury-free ASGM through the provision of technical assistance, technology transfer and support for formalization; and, •Component 4: Raising awareness and disseminating best practices and lessons-learned on mercury phase-out in the ASGM sector. In particular, the Project will support six (6) ASGM communities in Indonesia to reduce mercury use by at least 5 metric tonnes/year starting in year three (3) of the project, which over the life-span of the project will result in a mercury release reduction of at least 15 tonnes. The 6 ASGM communities are as follows:1.Kulonprogo District (Yogyakarta)2.Kuantan Sangigi District (Riau Province)3.West Lombok District (West Nusa Tenggara Province)4.North Gorontalo District (Gorontalo Province)5.Minahasa Utara District (North Sulawesi Province)6.South Halmahera district (Nort Maluku Province)Footnotes: (*1)UNEP Global Mercury Assessment (2013) (*2) WHO Fact Sheet No. 361 (2013) (*3) Estelle Levin Limited (2014) (*4) UNEP (2013) The Negotiating Process:

USD $6,870,000

Grant amount

USD $28,600,880

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Source(s) of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($6,870,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Indonesia

Joint agencies

  • UN Environment

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