Guyana Geology and Mines2018-06-13T14:15:28+00:00

The Geology and Mines Commission

Mining in Guyana is managed by the Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) under the Mining Act of 1989. The Act allows the GGMC to be the guardian of all minerals in Guyana. Therefore, permission must be received from the GGMC, before any exploration activity can begin. The agency has 5 technical divisions that help to effectively carry out its mandate namely the Mines, Environment, Petroleum and Geological Services Divisions. It also manages 9 mining stations across the 6 mining districts of Guyana and employs skilled and semi-skilled experts to carry out its work.

For more information about the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission visit their website at http://www.ggmc.gov.gy/

Bartica: (592) 455-2249   Georgetown:  (592) 225-6691  Lapidary: (592) 223-7897  Linden: (592) 444-6262

Recent Articles

Press Release – Minister Trotman meets GGMC Mahdia officers as enforcement operation begins

In continued efforts to address the issue of fatal mining incidents, Minister of Natural Resources, Hon. Raphael Trotman on Saturday visited Mahdia and received updates on the town's ongoing enforcement operation. The operation, ordered by the subject Minister on Tuesday, serves to address mines safety, improve mining practices and curb the practice of illegal mining overall. It comes as illegal and unsafe mining practices continue to result in fatal accidents in the mining areas of Guyana. According to Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) Acting Mines Manager Krishna Ramdass, the operation began on Friday and has seen the deployment of a team comprising of five (5) Ministry Compliance Division’s Corp of Wardens along with twelve (12) GGMC officers. Ramdass went on to highlight that the enforcement operation has to date identified mining operations that do not conform to safety, issued cease work orders, and has even completely removed some operations [...]

Press Release – Minister Trotman orders immediate enforcement operation to address mining issues

The Ministry of Natural Resources takes note of the most recent mining tragedy which occurred last evening at Issano Backdam, Region Seven. Reports reaching the Ministry indicate that dead is Lennox Douglas, 33, of Canvas City Wismar, Linden, due to the caving in of a mining pit in which he was working. This report comes after two other mining related deaths recently occurred in Mowasi Backdam, Konawaruk, Potaro last month. With this in mind the Minister of Natural Resources, Hon. Raphael Trotman has ordered an immediate enforcement operation to be conducted jointly by the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission and the Ministry's Compliance Division’s Corp of Wardens, to address problems of this nature in the mining areas where there has been an increase in legal and illegal mining activities and accidents. The agencies are expected to provide a report upon completion of the operation. The Ministry extends condolences to the [...]

Press Release – Ministry of Natural Resources expresses condolences to relatives of miners killed, Immediate investigation ordered

Ministry of Natural Resources, September 18, 2018 The Ministry of Natural Resources wishes to express sincere condolences to the relatives of the two miners killed at Mowasi Backdam, Konawaruk, Potaro. Their deaths are as a result of a 20-foot deep pit caving in while they were on a mining concession conducting illegal mining activities. Reports coming to the Ministry suggests that several persons illegally mine and raid the concession for raw gold by using metal detectors, spades and small engines among other equipment. The Ministry continues to look into issues of illegal mining and land raiding and deters such acts. The Minister of Natural Resources, Hon. Raphael Trotman has since called an immediate investigation into the matter.

Ministry of Natural Resources orders immediate probe into incident allegedly showing armed foreigners assaulting local miners

Georgetown, Guyana: The Ministry of Natural Resources has noted with deep concern and strong consternation a video circulating on social media which appears to show a confrontation at a mining location between an alleged foreigner and Guyanese miner. The video clearly shows that the alleged foreigner is armed with a firearm and behaving in an aggressive, hostile and condescending manner towards the man who appears to be a Guyanese national. The images are disturbing on many levels and raise issues about security, the authority of foreigners to carry arms and conflict resolution in the mining sector. To this end, the Minister of Natural Resources has instructed the Commissioner of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) and the Director of the Corps of Wardens to launch an immediate investigation to ascertain the veracity of the video and to solicit the support of the Guyana Police Force in their investigation. A [...]

Government reiterates its commitment to the Minamata Convention; Guyana to be represented at the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention to be held in Geneva, Switzerland

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – On Wednesday August 16, 2017, the Minamata Convention on Mercury came into force. In keeping with its commitment obligations, the Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana will be represented at the first Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention to be held from September 24 – 29, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Minamata Convention is an international treaty designed to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds. Mercury is used in the gold mining industry and can be a threat to human health and the environment. The GoG signed on to the Minamata Convention on October 10, 2013 and ratified it on September 24, 2014. Guyana was one of the first countries to sign on to the legally binding agreement and had done so with the full support of the mining sector, mainly members of the [...]

Investigation launched into mining fatality which occurred at Takatu, left bank Puruni River on July 31, 2017

GEORGETOWN, Guyana - An investigation has been launched into the death of a miner following a mining accident on Monday July 31, 2017 at Takatu, on the left bank of the Puruni River in Mining District 3, Region No. 7 (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) in which a tree fell and fatally injured the miner. The deceased has been identified as Deon Baptiste, male, age 22. He worked as a ‘Marack Man’ on a land dredge and his address has been given as Port Kaituma, North West District. The accident is said to have occurred at 2:00 pm. The man was taken to Bartica Hospital following the accident, which resulted in injury to another man identified as Ralph Garraway, of Charity, Essequibo. According to reports, the miners were conducting hydraulic mining in a swampy area at the time of the accident. They were operating in a mine pit prepared only two days by the [...]

Ministry of Natural Resources orders fact-finding team to Puruni and Mazaruni following reports of river degradation from gold mining

PRESS RELEASE GEORGETOWN, Guyana - The Ministry of Natural Resources has noted the recent media coverage emanating from a report compiled by the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) regarding environmental degradation due to gold mining activities. We can confirm that the Minister of Natural Resources has ordered a team comprising officers of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) and the Ministry’s Compliance Division be despatched into the affected areas in Puruni and Mazaruni in a matter of days with a view to ascertaining the severity of the impact and the accuracy of the reports and putting in place urgent corrective measures. As part of its 2017 programme, the Ministry has made the issue of compliance in all natural resources operations a high priority. Our Compliance Division, created in 2016, is now being staffed. This notwithstanding, the Compliance Division has already been integral in a number of recent compliance enforcement [...]

Parish Peak area to remain off-limits to mining for now; Environmental and forest certification considerations must be assessed before a decision is taken

PRESS RELEASE GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The Ministry of Natural Resources has observed that the Berbice Mining Syndicate has been speaking in the media about lack of access to the Parish Peak area. At a meeting between the Ministry and various mining syndicates held on Wednesday March 29, 2017 this matter was raised with the Minister of Natural Resources Honourable Raphael G.C. Trotman M.P. The Minister at that meeting informed the head of the Berbice Mining Syndicate that there are environmental and forest certification considerations that have to be assessed before any decision can be made about accessing the area for mining purposes. The Minister informed that in the interim the area will remain off-limits. The syndicates were all reminded that not all lands applied for or in which interest is shown can or will be allocated and that the President has appointed a Lands Commission to review and make recommendations [...]

Puruni miners respond positively to Ministry of Natural Resources coordinated training on biodiversity friendly mining practices

PRESS RELEASE MAZARUNI, Guyana: As part of its Mainstreaming Biodiversity in the Gold Mining Sector project, the Ministry of Natural Resources coordinated with the University of Guyana and the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) to deliver a training workshop on mining with the environment in mind. The training workshop entitled ‘Support to Uptake of Biodiversity Friendly Practices by Miners’, took place on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the Two Blessed Sisters Restaurant in Puruni, Region Seven, Cuyuni-Mazaruni. Over 39 miners attended the workshop. Puruni Landing, Mazaruni Mining District 3, is home to a community of which mining is the major economic activity. Mining also supports other businesses in the community such as shops and hotels. The workshop’s objectives were to create awareness and enhance the knowledge of Mines Officers and miners with respect to the impact of mining on biodiversity and the need for biodiversity conservation. It aimed also [...]

Ministry of Natural Resources, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency coordinate on clean-up of Kamarang, Upper Mazaruni, Region 7

PRESS RELEASE UPPER MAZARUNI, Guyana – The Ministry of Natural Resources has again partnered with the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a clean-up exercise, this time in Kamarang, Upper Mazaruni, Region 7 from March 1 – 4, 2017. On March Wednesday March 1, 2017 a team comprising personnel from the Ministry of Natural Resources, the GGMC and the EPA departed Georgetown for Kamarang, Upper Mazaruni to coordinate the exercise under the project ‘A Clean Environment’. Kamarang was chosen due to the existing garbage situation, which resulted from indiscriminate dumping in areas such as the edge of the airstrip and along the roadway leading to Waramadong. There was no specific dumping site in existence for garbage at Kamarang, hence the team had to identify, organise and establish a suitable dumpsite for the community. As part of the project, 30 bins were distributed to [...]