1501 Working Group News on Natural Resources - January 2015

Koudiadiène, a Mining operation to the tes of… Texts

 

Last December, the secretariat presented a joint report with Cicodev Africa during a conference at the European Parliament. In May 2014, a member of the Secretariat traveled to Senegal and identified a mining operation that has a negative impact on the local population. A member of the secretariat conducted a first field survey and then AEFJN and Cicodev cooperated to produce a case study of this village. The first conclusions and recommendations have been published on our website. In the village of Koudiadiène European companies are active in phosphate mining to be exported to European markets. The activities of these companies have a negative impact on the local economy, since very few jobs are created for the local youth and a loss or decrease in revenues takes place formerly derived from gathering activities, agriculture, animal husbandry, to exploitation of natural resources and transformation. Therefore, poverty and hunger in the village increases due to losses of arable land for agriculture and livestock. In addition to the toxic dust emission of construction plant poses a health risk to people and the risk of irreversible pollution to the environment. From the study it appears that neither legislation nor the Senegalese international frameworks were respected by companies. Read the report here for more details.

 

Final Report of the Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo

In its latest report on the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations expert group rather show is critical to the level of progress in terms of stability and security in the east. Despite the elimination of the movement of March 23, and the weakening of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), but it is still operational, and planned actions against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda did not produce "tangible results" . Instability remains in Orientale Province, Katanga and the Kivus (North and South) and massacres took place in Mutarule (South Kivu) and Beni (North Kivu). Especially some armed groups and Congolese army I remain involved in the mineral trade, while increasing the risk of circulation of blood minerals in the DRC and its neighboring countries. Despite advances in traceability of minerals mined in the DRC, smuggling continues. For gold there has been no progress on traceability according to experts. See the full report here

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