EO-ALLert: Identifying priority areas to be preserved from the Impacts of Alluvial Small-Scale Mining

Project EO-ALLert aims to provide the means for development agencies and authorities to identify priority areas to be preserved from the impacts of alluvial small-scale mining, which, in many cases, is an informal activity. It considers the case of gold mining in Colombia. The project aims to provide impartial and integrated information based on stakeholder priorities and scientifically and geo-spatially based decisions. This information aims at contributing to suitable planning in the issuing of mining titles and licenses and efficient and well-designed interventions to stop informal activities that may impact identified “sensitive areas”. The applications of this work are not limited to Colombia. Small-scale and artisanal mining exist in many parts of the developing world and produce the majority of worldwide sapphire and about 20% of gold and diamond. While this type of mining provides livelihood to families in rural areas, it impacts the landscape, degrades the land, and can contaminate the food chain with heavy metals. Furthermore, project EO-ALLert will be based on the successful outputs of its preceding RawMatCop project CopX that established great relations between University of Liege (Belgium), UN Environment, UNEP/GRID-Geneva, and various Colombian stakeholders.
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