Environmental crime caused by illegal mining in Central Africa

  • This policy brief by ENACT and the UN 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.

This Policy Brief explores the environmental harms caused by illegal mining in three Central African countries – Cameroon, CAR and the DRC – and identifies the extent to which national and regional responses to illegal mining address the environmental fallouts. It complements the Central African Police Chiefs Committee (CAPCCO) Organised Crime Threat and Resilience Assessment (OCTRA) Report, which seeks to fill information gaps in understanding organised crime in Central Africa. This is with a view to assisting CAPCCO member states to design evidence-based national and regional strategies, policy programmes and interventions to effectively address the threat posed by environmental crime from illegal mining.

Link to the policy brief HERE 

Source: ENACT

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