73rd BHT: Virtual short colloquium 5

Impact of resource extraction in Africa

  • Date: 10 June 2022, 11.00 am - 12.30 pm
  • Venue: virtual
  • Language: English
  • Conference chairperson and contact: Dr. Desmond Okwor (Desmond-Arinze [dot] Okworatgrafa [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de)

Natural resources extraction is an important economic activity that will contribute to many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The linkages between the extractives sector and the SDGs are numerous and well-documented. Recognizing these dependencies requires us to consider very carefully how progress on one goal may have contingent positive or negative impacts on other goals, and anticipate such outcomes in our extracting activities. Raw material extraction and processing always impact the environment, resulting as they do in soil degradation, water shortages, biodiversity loss, damage to ecosystem functions and global warming exacerbation. This impact is felt more in the developing region where most of these activities take place.

For instance, people in Africa report abuses such as severe human violations or permanent ecological damage in the wake of raw material extraction, which often provokes health problems resulting from air pollution and drinking water contamination. Other consequences include local populations being driven off their land and forced to settle elsewhere – not to mention growing poverty. 

In this session, selected experts from African universities and industries will share with us their experiences and views on how natural extraction can be better approached in their region.

Schedule (updated 9 June 2022)

10.40 - 10.59 Arrival of participants

11.00 - 11.05 Opening of workshop and introduction resource persons

11.06 - 11.16 Remote Sensing of ASM in Nigeria / Delira Hanelli (Kompetenzteam - Rohstoffe & Geologie Beak Consultants GmbH)

11.17 - 12.00 Panel discussion

12.01 - 12.20 Q&A Session

12.21 - 12.26 Concluding remarks

12.27 - 12.30 Closing

Afterwards: Post-conference networking

Panelists and topics:

  • The learners mindset- Leveraging historical  shortfalls for a better and more responsible oil and gas extraction- African Perspective
    Linda Dennar (Senior Reservoir Engineer at Shell Petroleum Development Company, Nigeria. Doctoral candidate, EOR TU Bergakademie)
  • The Impact Of Small Scale Mining On Water Resources In Rural Areas Of Ghana
    Prof. Edward Debrah Wiafe (School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, University of Environment and Sustainable Development, Somanya, Ghana)
  • Rock and sand quarrying activities within various regions in Kenya and their impact on the environment
    Dr Veronica Okello (Machakos University Kenya)
  • Impact of Resource Extraction in Nigeria
    Prof. John Onwuteaka (River State University of Science and Technology, Nigeria)