Geologists, Ecologists, Biologists, Hydrologists and Social Scientists from African and their counterparts from the north are working to understand:

  1. How the mining activities and particularly abandoned mines negatively affect the ecosystem and the health of the neighboring communities;
  2. What are the most appropriate rehabilitation technologies and remedial actions for contaminated sites;
  3. How to promote a peaceful mining atmosphere through education and outreach.

The project is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The core participants of this project are built on UNESCO-IUGS International Geoscience Programme (IGCP), namely IGCP-594 and IGCP-606, but the network is growing rapidly.

What we do

Survey mapping of abandoned mines in sub-Saharan African countries in order to establish their exact locations, their nature and potential threats they pose to ecosystem and human health ...

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Partners / Sponsors

The project is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The core participants of this project are built on UNESCO-IUGS International Geoscience Programme (IGCP), namely IGCP-594 and IGCP-606, but the network is growing rapidly.

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Our Secretariat

Earth Sciences Unit
UNESCO Nairobi Office
UN Avenue, Gigiri, Block C
P.O. Box 30592
Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: +254 20 762-1588
Fax: +254 20 762 2750