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NAMIBIA, INDIA SIGN MOU ON ENVIRONMENT AND MINING

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WINDHOEK– Namibia’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism and the Centre of Science and Environment (CSE) of India have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to co-operate in improving environmental and social aspects of the mining sector of Namibi…

WINDHOEK-- Namibia's Ministry of Environment and Tourism and the Centre of Science and Environment (CSE) of India have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to co-operate in improving environmental and social aspects of the mining sector of Namibia.

The MoU, signed here Wednesday by the Ministry's Permanent Secretary, Malan Lindeque, and CSE Deputy Director-General Chandra Bhushan, aims to do so through South-South cooperation until 2021.

Bhushan emphasised that the platform is for Namibia, Tanzania and India, as developing countries, to learn from one another in the mining sector.

Some of the recommendations suggested in the policy agenda include the adoption of guidelines and manuals for the local mining sector to ensure effective and smart compliance in terms of environment, health, safety, audit and inspections.

"Namibia is well known for its national biodiversity. Currently, the environment assessment process does not cover the impact of biodiversity. Therefore, there is a need to strike a balance between biodiversity and mineral resources," says the policy framework.

It further emphasises that there is a need for proper categorisation of mines as the Mining Act currently only defines mining claims for small-scale mines and has no definition for medium- and large-scale mines.

In terms of socio-economic benefits, it recommends that Namibia should explore the possibility of introducing a mandatory concept of corporate social responsibility, as currently it is carried out by companies on voluntary basis.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK