Rights of Communities Confronted with Exclusive Mining Zones: The Case of Communities Neighboring the Mbalam Iron-Ore Bed in the Ngolya Region

484 views
410 views

Published on

Patrice André Pa’ ah
CAFT/ GACF
Caft.cameroun@gmail.comm

Presentation for the conference on
Taking stock of smallholders and community forestry
Montpellier France
March 24-26, 2010

Published in: Education
0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total views
484
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
5
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
3
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Rights of Communities Confronted with Exclusive Mining Zones: The Case of Communities Neighboring the Mbalam Iron-Ore Bed in the Ngolya Region

  1. 1. Rights of Communities Confronted with Exclusive Mining Zones: The Case of Communities Neighboring the Mbalam Iron-Ore Bed in the Ngolya Region<br />By Patrice André Pa’ ah<br />CAFT/ GACF<br />Caft.cameroun@gmail.comm<br />
  2. 2. Location of the transborder mining zone (Cameroon, Congo and Gabon)<br />From 1994 to 2004 the whole Congo Basin zone was focused on conservation of wildlife and forest resources;<br />Creation and identification of critical ecology zones “zones à écologie critique » by USAID/CARPE (Ex: TRIDOM)<br />Since 2005, the local debate is changing and getting polarized on substantial State mining projects<br />
  3. 3. Mining Zones in the “TRIDOM” CAMEROUN<br />Cobalt and Nickel project exploitation of Nkamouna (Lomié)<br />Iron exploitation project of Mbalam (Ngoyla)<br />
  4. 4. REAL THREATS ON THE FORESTS AND FAUNA<br />There will be the disappearance of the forests and fauna of the strip/ open-cast mining exploitation<br />Serious threats on traditional and customary activities of local communities living in the mining areas<br />
  5. 5. SERIOUS NEGATIVE IMPACTS ON UNDERGROUND AND SURFACE WATER<br />The only water tower of the area will be affected by the iron exploitation<br />There will be disappearance of the river where the water tower rise in<br />Emergence of new transboundary conflicts from shared water among countries<br />
  6. 6. THREATS TO TRANSBORDER COMMUNITIES’ RIGHTS<br /><ul><li>Insecure forest and land rights of communities adjacent to the Mbalam mining zone
  7. 7. Inability to establish community forests and, as a result, the inability to plan for future use of communities’ forest resources
  8. 8. Lack of boundary lines and unclear borders between Cameroon, Congo and Gabon
  9. 9. Potential negative impacts for communities in the three countries as regards surface water quality during the upcoming open-air iron-ore mining project
  10. 10. Misunderstanding and lack of awareness of transborder legislation concerning mining, forestry and water across borders (related to negative impacts caused by mining) </li></li></ul><li>THANK you VERY MUCH FOR YOUR ATTENTION !!!<br />

×