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Sustainable solution or a marriage of inconvenience? The coexistence of large-scale mining and artisanal and small-scale mining on the Abosso Goldfields concession in Western Ghana

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This article explores the key issues that have defined relations between operators in the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) and large-scale mining (LSM) sectors, with emphasis on the mining terrain of Ghana since the early-1990s. The relationship between these mining parties has become increasingly tenuous in Ghana, often culminating in violent confrontation between ASM operators, on the one hand, and LSM and state security forces, on the other hand. The analysis draws on a pragmatic approach which Abosso Goldfields Limited (AGL), one of the country's major large-scale operators, adopted to accommodate ASM operators on its concession, and examines the sustainability of the approach as well as the lessons to be learnt from it.

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  • Aubynn, Anthony, 2009. "Sustainable solution or a marriage of inconvenience? The coexistence of large-scale mining and artisanal and small-scale mining on the Abosso Goldfields concession in Western Ghana," Resources Policy, Elsevier, vol. 34(1-2), pages 64-70.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jrpoli:v:34:y:2009:i:1-2:p:64-70
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    2. Yakovleva, Natalia, 2007. "Perspectives on female participation in artisanal and small-scale mining: A case study of Birim North District of Ghana," Resources Policy, Elsevier, vol. 32(1-2), pages 29-41.
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    2. Saldarriaga-Isaza, Adrián & Villegas-Palacio, Clara & Arango, Santiago, 2013. "The public good dilemma of a non-renewable common resource: A look at the facts of artisanal gold mining," Resources Policy, Elsevier, vol. 38(2), pages 224-232.
    3. Smith, Nicole M. & Smith, Jessica M. & John, Zira Q. & Teschner, Benjamin A., 2017. "Promises and perceptions in the Guianas: The making of an artisanal and small-scale mining reserve," Resources Policy, Elsevier, vol. 51(C), pages 49-56.
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    5. Shen, Lixin & Muduli, Kamalakanta & Barve, Akhilesh, 2015. "Developing a sustainable development framework in the context of mining industries: AHP approach," Resources Policy, Elsevier, vol. 46(P1), pages 15-26.
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    7. Essah, Marcellinus & Andrews, Nathan, 2016. "Linking or de-linking sustainable mining practices and corporate social responsibility? Insights from Ghana," Resources Policy, Elsevier, vol. 50(C), pages 75-85.

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