Introduction to GOMIAM
Small-scale gold mining is particularly relevant, because:
From comparative analysis to policy initiatives
The first phase of the project, from 2011 to 2013, is dedicated to a comparative analysis of the different political and environmental situations of the local populations and of the miners themselves. Our research will acknowledge the economic motivations and cultural dimensions affecting both of these groups. By creating a partnership between academic experts, politicians, local communities and small-scale miners, our project team will be able to present a comprehensive and integrated viewpoint on the issues concerned. This innovative, interdisciplinary, anthropological approach will form the basis for creating policy initiatives that will start to be implemented during the second phase of the project (2014-2016).
CEDLACentre for Latin American Research and Documentation, The Netherlands
The Interuniversity Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation, is a multi-disciplinary research institute located in the centre of Amsterdam. It was founded in 1964, and has played an active role as an inter-university centre in cooperation with other Dutch universities and institutes since 1971.
More information: www.cedla.nl
Solidaridad is an international network organisation with more than 20 years of experience in creating fair and sustainable supply chains from producer to consumer. Solidaridad believes that fair and sustainable trade reduces poverty and helps to preserve people's environment. Solidaridad has developed into a specialized organization for sustainable development. It has a good track record as a force for innovation. Its development as a learning organization with the capacity to anticipate and respond to new developments and opportunities on the market is the hallmark of Solidaridad's organizational culture and strategy. More information: www.solidaridadnetwork.org
The WWF Guianas Program is a WWF conservation initiative launched in 1998, covering the three Guianas (Suriname, French Guyana and Guyana) and targeting the Guianan Ecoregion complex (Guianan Moist Forests Ecoregion, Guianan Freshwater Ecoregion and Guianan-Amazon Mangrove Ecoregion). It operates through partnerships with local communities, private and public sector institutions, international NGOs and funding organizations to achieve nature conservation and sustainable use of the region’s natural resources. More information: www.wwfguianas.org
Núcleo de Altos Estudos Amazônicos, Universidade Federal de Pará, Brasil
Universidade Federal de Pará, Núcleo de Altos Estudos Amazônicos, Brasil
GOMIAM is funded by CoCooN: a knowledge, research and innovation programme on Conflict and Cooperation over Natural Resources in developing countries. CoCooN is a new international programme funded by the Directorate General of Development Cooperation (DGIS) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The programme is part of the NWO Conflict & Security theme. More information: www.nwo.nl/cocoon