Due to the changing circumstances in the world, and to be able to deliver the ongoing programme in Mine water and mine waste management to the collaborating organisations, the first ever ITP 308 online training took place the 22nd of September - 6th of October.

Despite the pandemic, the need for training and sharing of experiences regarding mine water and mine waste management does not take a break. The programme organisers successfully completed the final presentations of groups two and three online in May and June. At the end of September, it was time for the programme to go online for the first time for its training phase.

Apart from the already participating countries and organisations (Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia) this group also introduced Liberia to the programme.

The training programme was held via live Zoom meetings in the afternoons with associated material and exercises on Moodle. During the training programme there were also social events that helped the participants connect in the absence of real-life interactions. Among other things, the discussions ranged from more serious considerations of how to deal with mine waste at mine closure, how to integrate human rights in the daily work to more nonsensical fascination of potatoes, GB (GiBi) or Chapati during the social events.

The change projects of group four focus mainly on training, which not only highlights the need for learning by participants, and the creation of guidelines and toolkits, but also of training of various stakeholders. Particularly in the small-scale and artisanal mining sector. This indicates long-term considerations about mine water and mine waste and that the involved organisations recognise the programme as a fruitful tool to bring about change in their organisations as well as for relevant stakeholders.

The ITP Group four hopes to be able to meet, in an east African country, in August 2022. Until then, the mentors and the participants will work on the change projects.


Looking forward

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Group number five in the ITP 308 Mine water and mine waste management training will start in May-June, 2022. More details about the training, and information on how to apply, will arrive shortly!