Artisanal mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo

During the closing months of 2018 IGS delivered national- and regional-scale prospectivity analyses of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the World Bank funded PROMINES project, sub-component: “Assistance Technique dans les Zones d’Exploitation Artisanal.” In a collaborative effort with Johannesburg based MSA Group, IGS’ desktop prospectivity analysis using geological criteria defined by IGS Xplore was supplemented by site visits to three artisanal mining sites in South Kivu and Maniema provinces. The site visits enabled the consortium to provide technical geoscientific and mining engineering input to help develop a coherent, case study-based strategy for the support and expansion of artisanal and small-scale mines in the DRC. The strategy and workflows defined during the project were designed for broad applicability and ease of future implementation by local authorities in the DRC government’s continuing efforts to support artisanal and small scale mining.