Gabriela Flores's blog posts

7 February 2018 |

During his recent visit to Peru, Pope Francis met with indigenous leaders and condemned threats to the Amazon's peoples and forests. He singled out illegal gold mining, a major driver of deforestation. The world's media has moved on – but what is next for those working to improve the artisanal mining sector?

17 October 2017 |

The artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector has many problems – and good stories are not often heard. Gabriela Flores looks at how effective communications can help mining communities learn about good practices that are being developed by their peers.

13 October 2017 |

Communities in Madagascar are taking action to tackle mining-related environmental problems – and at the same time, they are discovering new pathways to sustainable development

26 September 2017 |

Though they crave technology and investment, a longread shows how Tanzania's artisanal and small-scale miners are fuelled by determination and the hope to strike it big

11 September 2017 |

Small-scale mining in Ghana is mostly known for its faults. Our long read takes a look at what it gets right

6 September 2016 |

Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) makes an important contribution to Ghana's economy. But how can the sector address its many problems? This photo gallery documents the lively conversations about a future for Ghanaian ASM at an "action dialogue" organised by IIED and partners earlier this year.