Smallscale gold mining and social conflict in the Amazon: Comparing states, environments, local populations and miners in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and Suriname

  • de Theije, Marjo (Principal Investigator)
  • Salman, Ton (Project Researcher)
  • Heemskerk, Marieke (Project Researcher)
  • Mathis, Armin (Project Researcher)
  • Urán, Alexandra (Project Researcher)

Project: Research

Project Details


GOMIAM is a knowledge network on small-scale gold mining and social conflicts in the Amazon, set up in the period 2010-2016 with funding from NWO-CoCooN. During the project, GOMIAM compared states, environments, local populations and miners by means of research, dissemination and policy advocacy activities in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Suriname and French Guyana. With our network we hope to continue sharing our knowledge and maintain dialogue with miners, NGOs and politicians. With our partners in the field, we can organize meetings and activities. Through this website we share our research, policy briefs, newsletters and publications. This way, we want to continue with our contribution to conflict transformation processes and a more sustainable small-scale gold mining sector in the Amazon.

Layman's description

GOMIAM aims to create a dialogue between small-scale miners, local communities, politicians, NGOs and academic experts that are involved in small-scale gold mining. GOMIAM organizes and participates in academic and non-academic meetings.
Effective start/end date1/09/1030/06/16

Collaborative partners

  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (lead)
  • Núcleo de Altos Estudos Amazônicos (NAEA), Universidade Federal de Pará
  • Universidad de Antioquia
  • WWF Suriname

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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  • Ouro Surpreende A Gente

    Translated title of the contribution: Gold Surprises UsMorim, J. & de Theije, M., 1 Nov 2022

    Research output: Web publication or Non-textual formDigital or Visual ProductsAcademic