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Ghana workshop on mining and biodversity

ICMM held a successful workshop highlighting its Good Practice Guidance for Mining and Biodiversity, in Accra on Friday 20 July 2007.

The half-day workshop attracted over 30 participants representing governments, industry, academia and civil society organizations from countries including Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia, South Africa and Mongolia.

Dr Okyeama Ampadu-Agyei, Country Director of Conservation International, Ghana provided an overview of the status of biodiversity conservation in the country. Dr Chris Anderson of Newmont Mining Corporation detailed the development of the Good Practice Guidance publication through the dialogue between ICMM and IUCN - the World Conservation Union. Andrew Mackenzie of AngloGold Ashanti then led the participants in a structured discussion of the key points of the publication, addressing each stage of the mine cycle in turn.

The workshop provided an opportunity for participants to understand the role of the mining sector in biodiversity conservation, hear from companies involved in its implementation, engage in discussion and provide feedback on the guidance document.

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