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Extractive Industries

by Portal Web Editor last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:45 AM
Mining has been a major source of income and resultant development for much of Africa. At the same time mining projects have been linked to serious environmental and social concerns. There is tremendous potential to harness Africa's mineral resources as a means of developing the continent's economy, yet there are notable differences in the efficacy of particular mining projects and regional development plans. The MEHA forum is intended to be a means of sharing both positive and negative lessons of individual mining projects across Africa. It is meant to provide a voice to local communities, industry and governments alike regarding projects and initiatives that can collectively improve the performance of the mining sector vis-a-vis environmental and social impact. We encourage submissions from all communities of interest, and will endeavor to provide a fair and objective representation of the projects and their impact. The project also aims to develop a database of organizations that are involved in community development in mining areas to gather data regarding their regional economy and the impact of particular projects.


For more information on the MEHA forum please contact Dr. Saleem Ali, University of Vermont ( or visit his web page at:

Visit for information about Dr. Ali's most recent book, Treasures of the Earth (2009).


The MEHA forum aims to help communities in Africa to learn about the performance of mineral projects in Africa and to facilitate researchers' access to information about such projects. 

The goal of MEHA is to develop a web-based database to share perspectives on these activities. By sharing your views here, you will add your voice to a system tracking progress on mining and environment issues, and you can learn more about the performance of companies and types of mining operations in other parts of Africa. 

You may choose not to identify yourself if you wish. Some entries will also be provided by the MEHA team and will be labeled as such. This database will be launched following a Contact Group meeting.


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