Dominican Republic

Total: DOM-2014a suggests that ASM activity has increased since ILO-99, extracting semi-precious larimar, amber and gold. The 2,500 from 1999 may have doubled. → 5,000
Min/max: Min cound be 3,000 like in 1999, max could be same difference to upwards (+2,000)? (as per intensified activity suggested in DOM-2014a.) → 3,000 - 7,000
Female participation: no data. Possibly in processing and gemstone sorting. → 500 (?)
Gold: no data but ASGM existent. → 2,000 (?)

2018: 2,500

IGF-18 and ARM-18 replicate data from ILO-99


(DOM-2014a): Qualitative data that indicates increased importance … likely due to increased activity.

Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) issues are being prioritized: 2014 has been declared “The Year of Small-Scale Mining” and the government has appointed a professional to the Mining General Directorate to focus on ASM issues
The extraction of alluvial gold using rudimentary techniques has been regulated.
ASM activities in the Dominican Republic are primarily found around semi-precious larimar, amber and gold deposits.
Data regarding this mining subsector is virtually nonexistent. Stakeholders reported the existence of between 20 to 50 small-scale mining sites, but these estimates cannot be confirmed. 

1999: 2,500

(ILO-99): Employment: 2,000 - 3,000
Number of mines: n/a
Illegal mines: n/a

ReferenceYearCitationArchived CopyLink
ARM-182018Barreto, M.L.,Schein, P., Hinton, J., Hruschka, F. (2018): The Impact of Small-Scale Mining Operations on Economies and Livelihoods in Low- to Middle-Income Countries. ARM, Envigado, PACT,…
IGF-182018IGF (2018): Global Trends in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM): A review of key numbers and issues. IIED/IISD, London,…
GMA-182018UNEP (2018): Global Mercury Assessment 2018. Technical Background Report E-Annex. Chapter 3.2. UNEP,…
DOM-2014a2014Keller, M., Ruete, M., Disney, K. (2014): Supporting Implementation of the Mining Policy Framework in Member States of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Assessment of implementation readiness. IGF,…
ILO-991999Jennings, N. (1999): Social and labour issues in small-scale mines. Report for discussion at the Tripartite Meeting on Social and Labour Issues in Small-scale Mines. ILO,…



ASM DATA - Country Database Record
Country CodeDOM
CountryDominican Republic
ASM StatusExisting (data assessed)
Country Count1
Data year2014
Publ. year2014
ASM Miners5,000
- gold2 ,000
Inc. DevMinno
- min.3,000
- max.7,000
- female500
ASM Commoditiesgold, amber, gemstone
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