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Training miners in Zambia, Tanzania and Ethiopia

Published: 4 January 2018

Researchers in applied geochemistry at Luleå University of Technology will, together with SGU and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, educate personnel from the the mining industry in Zambia, Tanzania and Ethiopia. The project will run for a five-year period and will be funded by SIDA.

The education will take place in Luleå with field studies in Malå with focus on the environmental impact of mines and on the closure of mines.

"These are areas where we at Luleå University of Technology have extensive experience and expertise. Hopefully our experiences can make a big difference in African countries," says Lena Alakangas, professor of applied geochemistry at Luleå University of Technology.

The relationship between energy consumption, mineral extraction, global trade and production are important factors for all communities where energy production is limited. The basics of trade, consumption and production patterns will be incorporated into education as an introduction to mineral extraction, society and the environment.

"Luleå University of Technology is a guarantee that the latest research and technology will be implemented in education," says Lena Alakangas.

Up to 250 people will undergo four weeks of education in Sweden, followed by one year's practical work with the support of mentors. SGU has also participated in a similar collaborative project, PanAfGeo, to strengthen geoscience skills in Africa.