Environmental and Health impact of Mining Activities in Sub-Saharan African countries

©B. Mapani

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In the framework of the Earth Science Education Initiative in Africa, this project aims to promote and expedite the work of an ‘African Network of Earth Scientists’ researching the environmental and health impacts of mining activities:

to understand how the mining activities and particularly abandoned mines negatively affect the ecosystem (soils, animals, plants and fungi, surface and groundwater) and the health of the neighbouring communities;

to identify, through experimentation, the most appropriate rehabilitation technologies and remedial actions for trace metal contaminated sites from mining;

to provide science-based knowledge and advices to governments and local authorities on land-use planning and on the best available remediation technologies to mitigate environmental disaster in contaminated regions; and

to promote a peaceful mining atmosphere through educational and outreach activities.

In 2013, the project is funded by the Swedish International Cooperation Agency (Sida) and is being implemented by the UNESCO Nairobi Office. The following African institutions are participating:

  • University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • Institute for Geological and Mining Research
  • University of Lubumbashi, DRC
  • Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya
  • University of Namibia
  • University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  • Mangosuthu University of Technology, South Africa
  • University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia
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