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Podcast: Artisanal miners - heroes or villains?

July 21, 2022

Are the products we consume responsible for human and environmental degradation? In this episode of The Natural Resouces Podcast, Pact's Mickaël Daudin discusses artisanal and small-scale cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Cobalt is a critical commodity to the global energy transition, and a significant portion is sourced from artisanal and small-scale mines in DRC. Daudin discusses why ASM is such an important development driver and why formalization and on-the-ground monitoring and improvements are the answer, rather than turning our backs on ASM miners.