Asian investment at artisanal and small-scale mines in rural Cameroon

Weng, Lingfei, Endamana, Dominique, Boedhihartono, Agni Klintuni, Levang, Patrice, Margules, Chris R., and Sayer, Jeffrey A. (2015) Asian investment at artisanal and small-scale mines in rural Cameroon. The Extractive Industries and Society, 2 (1). pp. 64-72.

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Abstract

A new model of small-scale mineral exploitation is being driven by Asian investors in East Cameroon and may be representative of trends elsewhere in Africa. The mines employ nationals of Asian countries and create small Asian communities in remote areas. There is evidence of widespread failure to comply with national mining regulations and few benefits are flowing either to the national government or to local communities. If existing government regulations were enforced, this form of mining could improve livelihoods and living conditions in remote areas. Without good governance it risks facilitating enclaves of uncontrolled resource exploitation.

Item ID: 38583
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2214-7918
Keywords: artisanal and small scale mining, resource governance, chinese settlements in Africa, Asian investment in Africa, Cameroon
Funders: International Center for Forestry Research (ICFR), German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ-GIZ-BEAF), Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
Projects and Grants: ICFR China Afica Project, BMZ-GIZ-BEAF Contract No. 81121785, ACIAR No. C2011/148
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2015 04:05
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960501 Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales @ 100%
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