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Jorden de Haan

senior program officer

Pact and its partners are working to build a responsible artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector in Mauritania. With Magma Group and Aurum Monaco, Pact is supporting small-scale gold miners and blacksmiths to adopt improved methods for gold processing and jewelry-making, with reduced environmental and health impacts. By establishing an exporting company under Magma, our work is establishing a transparent and ‘clean’ supply chain from Mauritania’s gold mines to Aurum’s refinery in Monaco. We are working to strengthen government and regional stakeholders on due diligence and the novel EU Conflict Minerals Regulation.

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Stories and Highlights

Supporting responsible gold production in Mauritania

March 17, 2023
 In Mauritania, Pact is demonstrating a business case for responsible artisanal and small-scale gold mining and trade from Mauritania’s burgeoning gold sector.
Mineral processing with wet pan mills in Chami, Mauritania. (Credit: Pact)

Pact, Magma Group and Aurum Monaco partner to make the business case for responsible artisanal gold in Mauritania

January 25, 2021
Global INGO and artisanal mining specialist Pact, geotechnical services provider Magma Group, and high-end precious metal refiner and producer Aurum Monaco are pleased to announce a new partnership...
Woman sluicing gold-bearing ore on Gori Maria mine site in Mikei, Migori, Kenya. (Credit: Jorden de Haan/Pact)

Reversing ‘conflict minerals’: Let’s formalize artisanal mining for peaceful, just and inclusive societies

December 7, 2020
This is a cross-post of a Guest Article published on the IISD SDG Knowledge Hub. Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) is a largely informal industry, known for its close relations with armed...
Women panning gold in Sierra Leone.

Harnessing artisanal and small-scale mining to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals

September 14, 2020
It makes intuitive sense that artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) – low-tech, labor-intensive mineral processing and extraction – cuts across the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).