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Kirsten Dales is an industrial ecologist specialized in ASM. She has authored peer-reviewed publications and policy assessments on land degradation, conservation and land-use planning in rural economies. Kirsten has a decade of experience in development, providing technical inputs on sound chemicals and waste management, land degradation, biodiversity, sustainable forest management, international waters, indigenous rights and gender equality in mining. With experience in Latin America and the Caribbean, East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, she consults for UNDP as an international expert on artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) and UNESCO on ASM-specific education in Eastern Africa.