Australia Offers Sustainable Mining Expertise to Developing World

    The Australian government has launched an initiative designed to share the country’s expertise in sustainable mining to developing nations in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America.

    As part of the Mining for Development Initiative, the Australian government will fund the establishment of the International Mining for Development Center at the University of Western Australia’s Energy and Mineral Institute. The center will operate in collaboration with the University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute.

    The Australian government will channel as much as 31 million Australian dollars ($32.4 million) through the center to finance practical advisory, education and training services to developing countries.

    The initiative will also provide:

    • AU$29 million for short-course undergraduate and postgraduate Australian Mining Awards scholarships.

    • AU$20 million over four years for the Australian federal and state government agencies to work with their developing country counterparts to strengthen public sector capacity in mining regulation and administration.

    • AU$22 million to back certain non-governmental organizations that are active in sustainable mining activities.

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