International experts meet in Mozambique to discuss small scale mining

31 August 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 31 Aug – Around 300 delegates representing over 50 countries have confirmed their participation in the International Conference on Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining scheduled for 8 to 14 September in the Mozambican cities of Maputo and Chimoio.

Organised by the Mozambican government in coordination with the Secretariat of the Communities and Small-scale Mining Initiative, (CASM) of the World Bank, the event has been split into two parts, the first of which will take place in Maputo from 8 to 10 September and the second in Chimoio where workshops and field visits will take place.

According to Mozambican newspaper Notícias, the government aims to make the conference in to a way of maximising knowledge and techniques that can make national artisanal mining more viable.

In the last few years the government has adopted measures to mitigate the negative effects of small scale mining and support the setting up of associations.

Based on thsi work 61 associations were identified, some of which are already official and the remainder on the way to being so.

“We designated 55 areas where the population can carry out artisanal mining. It’s true that there are still some problems, but we believe that with persistence in our work we will minimise illegal mining. The work is being carried out in coordination with other institutions,” said a source from the Mining Resources Ministry.

The source said that it was still difficult to estimate the number of people involved in this type of mining as in most cases, people share this activity with others, such as agriculture, fishing and livestock raising. (macauhub)