University of Ghana Mining Research Group [UG Mining RG] & Center for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies [C3SS]

University of Ghana Mining Research Group [UG Mining RG] & Center for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies [C3SS]


Engaging the Artisanal Mining Industry in Ghana:

Practical Ideas towards Sustainable Livelihoods and Ecological Stability


The artisanal mining industry has been a major part of Ghana’s economic system for centuries. Conservative estimates put the number of people directly involved in the sector at over two hundred thousand . This figure excludes entrepreneurs associated with its allied activities. Given the number of people whose sustenance is linked with the industry, there is no doubt that “galamsey”, as the sector is commonly known, is a major source of livelihood. This notwithstanding, artisanal mining activities has led to a significant destruction of the environment. Indeed, the shift from the use of simple tools to capital intensive earth moving machines as well as an increase in the influx of migrants into sector has led to an intensification in the scale of environmental degradation to such an extent that the Ghana’s agriculture and water bodies are on the verge of being laid waste. The looming danger posed to national life as a result led to an expression of public outrage against illegal mining activities and a call for it to be stopped. The Government of Ghana (GoG), with a history of failed attempts at disrupting galamsey activities, has commissioned yet another policy document, the Multilateral Mining Integrated Project (MMIP) to serve as a comprehensive strategy and a guide to interventions to curb illegal mining.

It is against this background of increased national determination to stop galamsey that the University of Ghana Mining Research Group (UGMR), made up of scholars with different academic credentials and the Center for Climate Change and Sustainability [C3SS], have responded to the needs of the times in an effort contribute its quota in the search for long-term research based solutions to the damaging effects of artisanal mining activities. The broad objective of the UGMRG is captured in the acronym STIMULATE: Solutions Targeting Illegal Mining Using Legislation, Appropriate Technology and Education.

In the spirit of our set objectives, this conference, the first in a series of planned biennial meetings, is a call to researchers to present practical ideas that will be refined through further research to curb the dangers posed by galamsey. The Conference Organizing Committee of the UGMiningRG & C3SS thus invites proposals for panels, roundtables and papers across multiple disciplines to be based on but not limited to the following thematic areas:

  1. Political economy/ecology of artisanal mining areas
    2. Demography of artisanal mining areas
    3. Patterns of ecological disruption in artisanal mining areas
    4. Toxicology of artisanal mining areas
    5. Patterns of migration in artisanal mining areas
    6. Laws and policies governing artisanal mining
    7. Sustainable alternative livelihoods in artisanal mining areas
    8. Community education/communication strategies for ecological restoration in artisanal
    mining areas
    9. Strategies for community solidarity and ecological vigilantism in artisanal mining areas
    10. Strategies for international networking, partnerships and buy in

Proposals should be in english and should not be more than 300 words. All panel, roundtable,
and paper proposals should clearly outline the methodological approach (es) used and how they
contribute to the empirical objectives of the conference. Kindly follow link below to submit an abstract:

A properly constituted panel should have four papers. Panel proposals should include a 300 word
summary of the panel topic and an abstract for each of the four papers. The panel lead/organizer
will be informed of the decision regarding the acceptance of the panel before individual panel
members will be contacted. Send questions and comments to

Key dates
1. Call for abstracts: 20th September, 2017.
2. Submission deadline: 10th November, 2017.
3. Notice of acceptance of proposals: 15th November, 2017.
4. Conference day: 21st November, 2017.


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