(KGZ-2004a) is the only data source. Outdated but primary data. → 6,000
Min/max: (KGZ-2004a) indicates that the number of small-scale miners is increasing year by year. It could have doubled in the past 2 decades. → 6,000 - 12,000
Female participation: no data. Evidence of women participation in KGZ-2004a → 1,000?
Gold: All data are for gold

2003: 6,000

(KGZ-2004a) (Peter Appel: - not anymore online) : 6,000

In Batken area the average working period by small-scale miners is 4 to 5 months per year. In Chatkal a large group of miners work between 1 and 3 months whereas another large group work 10 to 12 months per year. In Naryn the majority of miners work 4 to 6 months, but many also work the year around. An estimated 5500 small-scale miners work in the investigated areas.
Small-scale mining has been carried out in Naryn since 1995. The number of small-scale miners is increasing year by year. Presently there are about 2000-2500 small-scale miners in Solton-Sary, At-Bashy, Kichi Naryn.
One testimony: "I come from Sary-jaz area, which is 200 km from Issyk-Kul oblast centre. I have three children, and I am unemployed. And so, I had to find income source to feed my children. My husband is unemployed too. He is breeding the cattle and also helps me to mine gold to satisfy our everyday needs. In our mining area there are three more women mining placer gold in Sary-jaz river."\\

Furthermore: Video evidence of ASM coal mining

ReferenceYearCitationArchived CopyLink
GMA-182018UNEP (2018): Global Mercury Assessment 2018. Technical Background Report E-Annex. Chapter 3.2. UNEP,…
KGZ-2004a2004Appel, P. et al. (2004): Baseline survey of artisanal and small-scale mining and Teaching seminars for small scale miners in Kyrgyz Republic 2003. GEUS, DKkgz-2004a.pdfnot anymore online
ASM DATA - Country Database Record
Country CodeKGZ
ASM StatusExisting (data assessed)
Country Count1
Data year2003
Publ. year2004
ASM Miners6,000
- gold6 ,000
Data curation as reported
Inc. DevMinno
- min.6,000
- max.12,000
- female1 ,000
ASM Commoditiesgold, coal
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