In 2005 GEUS was awarded a World Bank financed project to conduct a baseline survey of artisanal and small scale mining in Mongolia.
The project involved visits to a large number of small-scale mining sites with detailed discussions with the small-scale miners. A large part of the small-scale miners user mercury to extract placer as well as hard rock gold. Some of them were aware of the dangers of using mercury, but could not see how they could avoid using it. Very few had ever heard about the possibilities of recycling mercury.
A teaching and training course was held for female small-scale miners in a small township North of Ulaan Baator. At the training course a number of retorts which can be used to recycle mercury were distributed to the small-scale miners.