Monitoring of Artisanal Mining (Galamsey) in Ghana

Period of Performance

In Development

Galamsey in Ghana threatens the water supply.

The Monitoring of Artisanal Mining (Galamsey) in Ghana Service is a monitoring platform with information on the location of illegal mining sites across Ghana and their associated land degradation. It provides the necessary spatial data input to decision makers and partners, such as A Rocha Ghana, who will use the information to target areas for remediation and landscape restoration activities.


Artisanal mining is considered a major source of livelihood for many rural people in Ghana. However, the increase in unregulated mining (galamsey) activities in recent years has resulted in severe land degradation, biodiversity loss, pollution of water bodies and acidification of soils deleterious to the biophysical and socio-economic environment. Accurate information about the location and scale of these mining sites is necessary for decision makers to take action through remediation and restoration activities.

  • Users

    The Minerals Commission

    Environmental Protection Agency Ghana

    Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assembles

    Traditional Authorities

    Water Resources Commission

    Water Research Institute

    Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies, University of Ghana

    University of Mines and Technology

    Ghana Chamber of Mines & Mining Companies

    Ministry of Land and Natural Resources - Artisanal & Small-Scale Mining Task Force

    Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology & Innovation

    A Rocha Ghana

    Friends of Rivers and Water Bodies

    United Nations Development Programme