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Training Support Available: Geo-data Digitization and Mapping of Development Minerals


Regional and Country-level Training Workshops on Geo-data Digitization and Mapping of Development Minerals

The Development Minerals sector commonly operates with a lack of publicly available and easily accessible geological data which inhibits informed decision making for businesses, development planning, permitting, urbanization and even disaster management. The ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme is partnering with the African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC), CARICOM and The Pacific Community, to co-host a series of regional level training workshops in East Africa, West Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific, as well as country-level training workshops for Zambia, Guinea-Conakry, Uganda, Cameroon, Jamaica and Fiji.

From toothpaste to paints, and buildings to plates, the mining of Development Minerals are intrinsic to everyday life. But despite their potential to impact the livelihoods of millions of people, these minerals have been neglected in development debates. 'Development Minerals' are minerals and materials that are mined, processed, manufactured and used domestically in industries such as construction, manufacturing, infrastructure and agriculture. Development Minerals are economically important close to the location where the commodity is mined and include industrial minerals, like gypsum and salt, construction materials, like sand and gravel, dimension stones, like marble and granite, and semi-precious stones, like garnet and tourmaline. 

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