16 November 2018

Knowledge exchange on mining and the environment in Gabon

This week a course on mining and the environment began in Gabon, led by SGU and Geological Survey in Gabon. The aim is to exchange experiences between Europe and Africa.

The training "Environmental management of mines" is run for the fourth time, this time in Gabon in French. Mining inspectors from eleven countries in Africa attend lectures, workshops and field visits for twelve days in Gabon, in subjects such as waste and water management, land use, land conflict, consultation, geochemistry and mining closure. The training is organized by SGU in cooperation with the Geological Survey in Gabon. A team of experts from Gabon, Mali, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sweden leads the education. The education visits a number of active and closed mines in Gabon and focuses on practical applications of for example mine closure and inspection of mines.

SGU runs the training within the PanAfGeo project, which is a cooperation project between European and African geological surveys to increase knowledge about mining operations. The project is funded by the EU and the IGF (Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development).

Last reviewed 2018-11-16