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Over 50 African countries agree to work on minimising the impact of mineral mining

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Source: DTE

 Context: African environment ministers have come to an agreement to establish national and regional strategies aimed at minimizing the environmental impacts associated with the extraction and processing of critical mineral resources.

  • This decision stems from the 19th African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • The conference, themed “Seizing Opportunities and Enhancing Collaboration to Address Environmental Challenges in Africa,” resulted in the Addis Ababa declaration, which acknowledges pressing environmental challenges like land degradation, desertification, and drought.
  • The declaration emphasizes actions to combat climate change, plastic pollution, marine protection, biodiversity conservation, and natural capital, contributing to global goals of sustainable development and climate mitigation.

 

The conference saw the launch of the first Africa UN Science-Policy-Business Forum and discussions encompassing Africa’s engagement in global environmental assemblies and conventions.