06 – 09 October 2015

Geoscience Information in Africa Workshop (GIRAF 2015)

 

 


Africa/Maputo, Mozambique


 

 

 

Fourteen geoscientists from Africa were supported to attend the GIRAF 2015 Workshop in Maputo, 6–9 of October, 2015. GIRAF is a pan-African geoscience information knowledge network of geological surveys, universities and companies. Established in 2006 the network hosts bi-annual capacity building workshops for south-to-south knowledge exchange. Around 90 participants attended the workshop, representing the key geological institutions and geological surveys in Africa. The ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme partnered with BGR (the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources in Germany) to hold this event. Two technical sessions were held on Development Minerals where the 14 sponsored participants presented papers and led a discussion amongst all attendees. The German Ambassador to Mozambique, Dr. Philipp Schauer opened the event, along with Adriano Senvano, Director of the National Institute of Mines, Mozambique. The UNDP Programme Manager, Dr Daniel Franks gave a welcome speech outlining the programme as part of the opening ceremony.

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Dr Daniel Franks, Chief Technical Advisor & Program Manager, ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme, UNDP

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ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme

‘Development Minerals’ are minerals and materials that are mined, processed, manufactured and used domestically in industries such as construction, manufacturing, and agriculture.

Development Minerals are economically important close to the location where the commodity is mined. They include industrial minerals, construction materials, dimension stones and semi-precious stones.

  • Africa

    The African Union Commission has called member states to prioritize 'Development Minerals' as part of Africa's industrialization agenda. Find out more about our twenty-eight participating countries and four focus countries in Africa.

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  • Caribbean

    "Development Minerals" underpin the construction and tourism sectors in the Caribbean. Find out more about our six participating countries and one focus country in the region.

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  • Pacific

    The Pacific is literally built on sand. Find out more about our six participating countries and one focus country in the region.

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Uganda

East Africa

Population growth is creating a huge demand for housing and infrastructure, as well as the Development Minerals needed for the construction industry.

Guinea

West Africa

Guinea-Conakry is one of the world's top bauxite producers, but it also has the potential to realise opportunities from the mining of Development Minerals.

Zambia

Southern Africa

Zambia is paving more than 2000 km of roads with locally sourced pavers and cobblestones and in the process is creating tens of thousands of jobs.

Cameroon

Central Africa

The Government of Cameroon requires contracting authorities to incorporate local materials in the construction of public buildings.

Jamaica

Caribbean

Ancient coral, long ago compressed into limestone under the weight of mud, sand and yet more coral, accounts for 65% of the Jamaican island by weight, and 85% of its surface coverage.

Fiji

Pacific

Of the 68 active mineral extraction sites in Fiji, 66 mine Development Minerals.

Participating Countries

Forty (40) countries are participating in regional level training and knowledge exchange. Find out which ones.

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Focus Countries

Six (6) countries are undertaking in depth capacity building and country level training.

What are Development Minerals?

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