Management of artisanal and small‑scale mining activities generally occur outside regulatory legal and fiscal frameworks. Landfolio assists governments with managing these small‑scale mining activities.
Using Landfolio to Manage Small-Scale Mining
In many countries, the artisanal and small-scale mining sector accounts for the majority of production, impacting the well-being of communities and national economies. Artisanal and small-scale mining activities range from rudimentary subsistence operations to more complex underground works with fixed installations and small processing plants. Worldwide, it is estimated that 13 – 20 million people are directly engaged in artisanal and small-scale mining operations in over 50 countries (World Bank, EITI).
Achieving regulatory oversight of this largely informal sector presents major challenges to government agencies. These government agencies are often confronted by a lack of necessary data – both at the regional and national levels – to establish fair governance. Lack of integration into the greater mining community as well as the mainstream and local economies and lack of appropriate health, safety, and environmental initiatives. When these systems are not present, there is a greater risk for instability, illegal practices, and conflict.
Landfolio® software for natural resource applications provides an integrated mining cadastre solution which provides a coordinated, formalized approach toward the small-scale mining sector. Capable of mapping all small-scale licenses/ activities, integrating license data, accepting applications, and more, Landfolio helps governments to establish fair governance in the mining sector.
The following benefits can be achieved by using Landfolio to manage small scale mining:
- Small-scale miners benefit from easier tenure applications, quicker assessments, and lower cost
- Protects surrounding communities from illegal mining activities by ensuring property and mining rights are maintained while reducing conflicts among land owners
- Formalization of small-scale mining operations
- Economic viability is improved for small-scale operations
- Increased contribution from these operations to the country’s local economy
- Improved economic viability to these small-scale operations and contribution to these country’s economy
- Ensures appropriate extraction methods and technologies, health and safety standards, and environmental protection standards are used/followed
- Centralised and integrated mining cadastre system catering to both large and small scale sectors
- Inclusion of small-scale license data into an integrated Mining Cadastre System
- Improved compliance monitoring of small scale operations
- Security of tenure for small scale operators
- Locate and query small scale mining areas on the e-government cadastre portal
- Model important obligations such as annual payments or renewals and improve revenue collection