The Centre for Environment Justice and Development (CEJAD), a member of the project steering committee on Minamata Convention Mercury Initial Activities project implemented by Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources led the Ministries of Mining and Environment officials to a fact finding field visit to the gold mining areas of
Lolgorian, Migori, Bondo, Vihiga and Kakamega for a rapid assessment of mercury use in ASGM communities.
This was part of the MIA project which aim to among others carry out an assessment of mercury use in artisanal and small scale gold mining (ASGM) including releases and emissions to atmosphere, soil and water. The ministry of environment established a Project Steering Committee (PSC) to oversee the implementation of the project. The committee comprises of representatives of government ministries and agencies from sectors relevant to the articles of the Minamata Convention as well as Civil Society Organizations including NGOs (CEJAD).