Regional mining strategy
Towards a regional mining strategy for the Congo Basin
Common governanceTherefore, 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 componentsA 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.
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.