Small Scale Mining of precious stones creates many opportunities for the local community, but it is also linked to several problems like environmental damage, child labor and armed conflict. We are working with a partner in Côte d’Ivoire to explore possible technical solutions.
There are a lot of people involved in the Artisinal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) chain from miner to consumer and it is often not possible for the consumer to trace the source of a precious stone. Also for the miner the market is not transparent; knowledge about the price setting of his rough stone can be improved. Access to low-cost technologies for stone fingerprinting (traceability) and valuation can improve the transparency of the whole chain.
For this project a field trip to Côte d’Ivoire may be organized to understand the local situation and to meet field experts.
We are looking for a project manager and project engineers with