Amazon Aid’s Position On Gold

Until poverty is eradicated or there are more sustainable livelihoods, gold mining is likely to continue in the Amazon, as it provides a valuable source of income in a region with limited sustainable economic opportunities.

Amazon Aid is committed to an effective and comprehensive approach to alleviating the burden of gold mining on people and the environment. In the short term, that means adopting more environmentally sensitive extraction techniques, enforcing no-go zones in protected areas, and advocating for transparent, responsible supply chains. In the long term, it means supporting regenerative, nature-based economies and driving the social, cultural and economic shifts that reduce the need for newly mined gold.

Amazon Aid:

  • Champions human rights and environmental justice.
  • Advocates for the elimination of mercury from mining activity.
  • Supports the swift adoption of more environmentally responsible extraction techniques and remediation in mining zones.
  • Is committed to upholding Indigenous rights and a fair, continuous process of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)– the right to give or withhold consent on any activities that affect their lands, resources, and communities.
  • Envisions a deforestation-free future where nature-based livelihoods proliferate and extractive economies diminish. To support this transition, we advocate for “no-go” zones in sensitive areas and reduction in the global demand for gold.
  • Is leveraging the power of collaborative innovation to address the negative environmental, health, and social impacts of gold mining in the Amazon rainforest.
  • Uses a collaborative process to break down silos and brings together key stakeholders to the table including Indigenous and local community members, scientists, financial representatives, policymakers, and industry members.
  • Recognizes that miners are often exploited and deserve safe and dignified livelihoods.
    Believes in strengthening national and international policies to prevent the trade of illicitly sourced gold.
  • Creates and advances education and awareness to expose the true costs of extractive activities and encourage shifts in demand and incentive structures.
  • Believes in equitable value chains defined by traceability, transparency, rigorous assessment, and public disclosure, as well as market demand that incentivizes responsible practices over harmful ones.