On Wednesday August 7th, 2013 USAID hosted a Brown Bag with Dr. Catherine Picard, Environment and Natural Resource Officer for the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. State Department; Pete Chirico, Research Geographer at the US Geological Survey; and Tim Fella, Land Tenure and Conflict Specialist within the Land Tenure and Property Rights Division at USAID. In cooperation with the State Department and USGS, USAID provides support to the US Government on the Kimberley Process; an initiative intended to eliminate trade in conflict diamonds. USAID recently concluded the PRADD project; an activity designed to reduce conflict, strengthen property rights and improve livelihoods of artisanal miners, and is finalizing plans for a follow on activity. The Brown Bag focused on the PRADD activities in Liberia, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire and the Central African Republic, as well as on the support provided to the Kimberley Process and the collaborative efforts of multiple USG entities.
- Conflict Diamonds and the Role of the United States Government (Picard)
- Mapping and Monitoring Artisanal Diamond Mining In Central And Western Africa Using an Integrated Geoscience Approach (Chirico)
- Property Rights and Artisanal Diamond Development (PRADD) (Fella)
USGS Diamond Assessment Project Scientific Investigation’s Reports (SIRs)
USGS Project Publications on Alluvial Deposit Modeling
- Chirico, P.G., Malpeli, K.C., 2012, A methodology for conducting national-scale alluvial diamond resource potential and production capacity assessments, with a focus on artisanal mining: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2012-3128, 4 p.
- Chirico, P.G., and Malpeli, K.C., 2012, Summary of the diamond resource potential and production capacity assessment of Guinea: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2012-3129, 2 p.
- Chirico, P.G., and Malpeli, K.C., 2012, Summary of the reconnaissance investigations of the diamond resource potential and production capacity of Cote d’Ivoire: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2012-3130, 2 p.