CONTENT OF THE NATIONAL ACTION PLANS
Development of National Action Plans (NAPs) for artisanal and small scale gold mining (ASGM) is an obligation under Article 7 of the Minamata Convention on Mercury for each country that determines that ASGM in its territory is more than insignificant. Because the ASGM sector is closely linked to complex economic development and poverty issues, the Convention allows flexible, country-specific solutions through the development of an ASGM National Action Plan. Although each country’s NAP process will be unique, Annex C of the Minamata Convention provides a list of elements that must be included in the NAP.
Guidance and information materials
UNEP implemented NAP projects, funded by the Global Environmental Facility, contain a component entitled “National information exchange, capacity building and knowledge generation“. This is called the global component and is coordinated by the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership. In order to facilitate the development of NAPs, the Partnership is undertaking activities to ensure that all NAP projects receive support and information throughout the entire process.