Balifokus conducted extensive qualitative and quantitative methods research to holistically document the process of Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) activities in Indonesia. Specifically focused on ASGM practices in the context of mercury pollution and contamination, Balfokus activists used field interviews, direct observation, and document review to bring to light the many socio-economic and human rights impacts and abuses resulting from this method of gold extraction.
The NGO Association du Reseau Mediterraneen Pour le Developpement Durable (AREMEDD) organized a series of SAICM-related awareness generating activities throughout Tunisia from February to October 2010. These activities, which included the active participation of local NGOs, involved educating students about the dangers of lead in paint and mercury in used batteries, farmers about the adapting alternatives to pesticides, and representatives from the iron and steel industries about the impact of heavy metals on biodiversity.
The NGO “Independent Ecological Expertise” conducted activities in order to develop a National Action Plan for the Khaidarkan mercury mine, with the goal to reduce mercury contamination of the environment and human health.
Volgograd-Ecopress hosted a workshop on the use of non-combustion technologies for the elimination of obsolete pesticide stockpiles responsible for widespread environmental and human health impacts in Russia. With the participation of local authorities, academia, NGOs, and managers of industrial facilities, modern waste management technologies were presented and regional plans of action were discussed. A special case study of a successful pesticide elimination project using a non-combustion technology of biodegradation based on bioglauconite use was presented.
Nigeria is one of the largest importers of e-waste in Africa. In this project, Sustainable Research and Action for Environmental Development (SRADev) undertook a general impact assessment of the effects of this e-waste on workers. The project succeeded in creating a national database of the levels of risk associated with the e-waste, forming an NGO model for e-waste management, and creating awareness material that conveyed best handling practices.
Volgograd Ecopress conducted a campaign to promote a regional management system designed to address a growing threat of mercury containing waste (light bulbs, medical equipment, etc.) contaminating the Volga River and Caspian coastal area. Consultations were first held with environmental authorities in the region to assess the existing challenges in handling the mercury containing waste.
Association d'Education Environnementale et de Protection des Oiseaux au Maroc (SEEPOM) led an awareness-raising campaign about the domestic sources of mercury and the hazards they pose to human and environmental health. The campaign used several techniques to accomplish their objectives, including focused press releases and television interviews, development of informational brochures that detail health impacts of mercury, and intensive reach out and networking with other NGOs and influential governmental officials.
Using waste management best practices modelled after those in the EU, Zelena akcija developed and implemented a pilot waste management program with a variety of activities involving local community organizations, government officials, and public citizens.
Land and Human to Advocate Progress (LHAP) conducted a national awareness campaign to educate the public about the current situation of electric and electronic waste in Jordan. After an initial assessment, surveys exploring the public’s opinions about this issue were administered in schools and electronic shops throughout the country, and conferences with civil society organizations were implemented to create a dialogue about EE-waste.
Using analyses of paint samples from manufacturing and importing companies servicing the Amman marketplace, Land and Human to Advocate Progress (LHAP) was able to create awareness about high levels of lead in paints found in everyday paints. Along with educational materials produced specifically with the results of the analyses, community discussion groups (3 public hearings) were conducted to further communicate the impact of lead in paint. Social media was also used to achieve widespread media and public notice.