|Researchers at RIHN|
|WIN THIRI KYAW||Researcher|
|MYO HAN HTUN||Research Associate|
|TAKEHARA Mari||Research Associate|
|MATSUDA Hiroyuki||Yokohama National Universityy|
|KASAMATSU Hiroki||Ehime University|
|SHIMAGAMI Motoko||Ehime University|
|MIYAKITA Takashi||Kumamoto Gakuen University|
|MATSUMOTO Yuichi||Kwansei Gakuin University|
|KOMATSU Satoru||Nagasaki University|
|ISA, Ishak||State University of Gorontalo|
|JAHJA, Mohamad||State University of Gorontalo|
|ABDURRACHMAN, Mirzam||Institut Teknologi Bandung|
|KURNIAWAN, A. Idham||Institut Teknologi Bandung|
|ARIFIN, Bustanul||Lampung University|
|ISOMONO, Hanung||Lampung University|
|BASRI||College of Health Sciences Makassar|
|BOBBY||Network Activities Groups|
Mercury (Hg) is an extremely toxic metal and a particular threat to human embryonic and early-childhood development. Recent investigation by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has highlighted the enormity of Hg pollution in developing countries. ASGM produces 15-20% of the global gold market and is responsible for 37% of global Hg emissions, as mercury amalgamation is a cost-effective and widely used method to extract gold from ore. Around 15 million people, including 4-5 million women and children, participate in ASGM activities in more than 70 countries. Even though the Minamata Convention was established to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of Hg, ASGM activities are oft en associated with poverty and cannot be solved by ratifi cation of international treaties or NGO activities alone.
The objectives of our project are to: 1) understand the link between poverty reduction and environmental management in ASGM areas; 2) establish a process for constructing sustainable societies through regional innovations in ASGM areas; and 3) strengthen environmental governance in ASEAN countries.
We have been conducting transdisciplinary research and practice in collaboration with mining communities, key stakeholders (SHs) of public and private organizations, and researchers of local universities, etc. (Figure 1). This work emphasizes:
Regional innovation will arise as a consequence of environmental and industrial innovations introduced with a transdisciplinary approach, including the development of a future scenario for a Hg-free society, transformative learning and practice, and developments of TDCOPs. By strengthening environmental governance, which consists of multiple layers of co-operative organizations, we will also develop a route through which the problem of global environmental Hg pollution can be resolved.