(Note: French Guyana is an overseas department/region of France, fully integrated in the French Republic)

UBC-14 data is only statistically calculated but due to lack of other data, the estimation of 7,000 remains the best available guess.
Min/max: Due to lack of primary field data +/- 3,000 appears reasonable. This would come close to ILO-99
Female participation: With rather garimpo-type mining, participation of women is likely low: 500.
Gold: All data are for ASGM.


IGF-18 and ARM-18 replicate earlier data

2014: 7,000

(UBC-14): Gold-only data produced by statistic modelling:

Expected ASM population: 20,000 - 7,000 
Estimated ASM gold production: 3.6 t/a

1999: 7,500

(ILO-99): Employment: 5,000 - 10,000
Number of mines: n/a
Illegal mines:n/a

ReferenceYearCitationArchived CopyLink
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,…
UBC-142014Seccatore, J., Veiga, M., et al. (Univ. of British Columbia - UBC) (2014): An estimation of the artisanal small-scale production of gold in the world. Scitotenv.…
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,…
ASM DATA - Country Database Record
Country CodeFRA
ASM StatusExisting (data assessed)
Country Count1
Data year2014
Publ. year2018
ASM Miners7,000
- gold7 ,000
Data curation as reported
Inc. DevMinno
- min.4,000
- max.10,000
- female500
ASM Commoditiesgold
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