Regional mining strategy

Towards a regional mining strategy for the Congo Basin

Mining issues are very similar in the Congo Basin countries. Furthermore, many mining activities occur in cross-border areas (TRIDOM, TNS) and development of infrastructure will also happen at the regional level.

Common governance

Therefore, it makes sense to use existing structures for regional collaboration aiming to develop a common governance vision on extraction of natural resources and biodiversity conservation.

This would help differentiate issues related to artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) with trans-boundary trafficking.

Two key components

A regional strategy should consist of the following two key components:

  • articulation and implementation of best environmental and social practices by the extractive industries; and
  • strengthening of institutional capacity to manage resource revenues and adequately monitor companies. 
To address this issue, WWF is closely working with COMIFAC (Central Africa Forest Commission), CEEAC (Economic Community of Central African States) and CEMAC (Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa).

In order to convince regional leaders about the need for a joint strategy on sustainable mineral extraction in Central Africa, to maximize socio-economic benefits and minimize environmental impacts, WWF  will organize a session on the impacts of mining and associated infrastructure on deforestation at  the next Summit of Heads of State for the Conservation of Forests in Central Africa (Yaoundé+10), in the last quarter of 2010.
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Second Summit of Heads of State for the conservation of forests in Central Africa, Brazzaville 2005

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