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Swedish Luleå technical university educates miners for Africa

Zambian miners in copper mine, which is owned by a Chinese company.  Photo:  Zambian government, The Ethical Life,
Zambian miners in copper mine, which is owned by a Chinese company. Photo: Zambian government, The Ethical Life,
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Markku Björkman - 14 Jan 2018

Researchers in applied geochemistry at the Luleå University of Technology, together with SGU and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, will train personnel in the mining industry in Zambia, Tanzania, and Ethiopia. The project will run for a five-year period and will be funded by SIDA.

The education will take place in Luleå with field studies in Malå. It is about the environmental impact of mines and finishing on the closure of mines.

"These are areas where we at the Luleå University of Technology have extensive experience and expertise. Hopefully, our experiences can make a big difference in African countries, "said Lena Alakangas, professor of applied geochemistry at the Luleå University of Technology, in a press release.

The relationship between energy consumption, mineral extraction, global trade, and production are important factors for all communities where energy production is limited. The basics of trade, consumption and production patterns will be incorporated into education as an introduction to mineral extraction, society, and the environment.

"the Luleå University of Technology is a guarantee that the latest research and technology will be implemented in education," says Lena Alakangas.

Up to 250 persons will undergo four weeks of education in Sweden, followed by one year's practical work with the support of mentors. SGU has also participated in a similar collaborative project, PanAfGeo, to strengthen geoscience skills in Africa.

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