05 Mar 2024

Mining and extractives / Environmental crime caused by illegal mining in Central Africa

This brief explores how national and regional responses can address the environmental impact of illegal mining in the region.

The illicit exploitation of mineral resources has long-term impacts on the environment, including formation of sinkholes, and contamination of the soil, groundwater and surface water. It also results in soil erosion, loss of biodiversity, health risks and even deaths. However, it is not regarded as environmental crime in Central Africa. This Policy Brief draws attention to the environmental harms caused by illegal mining in the region and explores how national and regional responses to the challenge can address the environmental fallouts.


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