International Training Programme 308 (ITP 308)

“Mine water and mine waste management” is an international training programme (ITP) organized by the Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU) in collaboration with Luleå University of Technology (LTU) and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Swedish EPA). The programme comprises ten groups during 2018-2025 and is open to participants from low- and middle-income countries in Africa, with a growing or established mining industry. Topic specific trainings are held online followed by change project work in the participants' countries and a final regional conference. ITP 308 is financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

Our society depends on mining for supply of raw materials, not only metals but also non-metal resources such as building stone, limestone, sand and potash. At the same time as the benefits of mining are apparent there are few industries that impact the environment in such an obvious and intrusive way. Managing and mitigating the impacts of mining on the environment has come to be one of the most considered aspects when planning, reviewing, permitting and managing mining projects.

The Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU) organizes the training programme with support from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Swedish EPA) and Luleå University of Technology (LTU). The programme is primarily offered to staff and management at government authorities tasked with permitting and inspecting mines. The training presents the science behind management of mine water and mine waste, and integrates several principles equally important to prevent and mitigate environmental impacts: professionalism, transparent processes and a human rights perspective.

The training is divided into four phases: an application process followed by preparatory studies, online training, ten months of change project work supported by mentors, and a regional conference where experiences and outcomes are presented and shared.

Some of the topics in the training are:

  • Waste characterization
  • Acid mine drainage
  • Mine closure and remediation
  • Sampling and monitoring
  • Governance and human rights
  • A gender perspective on mining
  • Sustainable mining
  • Biodiversity

Do you want to know more about the training, and how to apply? Follow the link below.

ITP 308 "Mine water and mine waste management" on Sida's website and application details

Last reviewed 2022-02-02