New report on the impacts of mining on local communities in the DRC

Publish Date: 
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Extensive mining in the Bisie region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has led to tension and conflict between local communities and mining operators. The Observatoire de la Société Civile Congolaise pour les Minerais de Paix (OSCMP-RDC) has examined one of these projects in a new report which outlines recommendations for the Congolese government, the mining company, and countries with a stake in the project.

Mine in the DRC

In their report, Alphamin Bisie Mining/SA : Rupture dans la continuité, OSCMP-RDC analyzes the Bisie Tin project of Alphamin Bisie Mining SA. As one of the largest mining projects, Bisie Tin will have many obstacles if it does not address the concerns of the local community living in Walikale.

The report describes the Walikale territory, the history of mining in Bisie, and the company Alaphamin and its Bisie Tin project. It explains the inadequate process of negotiations with the local community and the lack of community involvement in local development decisions. The report's recommendations address the potential risks and problems of the project and propose ways to avoid them.

The report is available in French here