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Mining: a leading cause of land and ecosystem degradation in Kenya

Written by james
  • Type: Report/Publication, Country Publication
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  • Focal Areas: Land Degradation
  • Countries: Kenya
  • Region: Africa
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In rural economies, land is the basis for all livelihoods where informal mining, agriculture, and logging coexist as part of a multifunctional working landscape. Mining is often deeply entrenched in the cultural traditions of informal, artisanal, and small-scale mining (ASM) communities. The mining sector represents an emerging rural economy that provides livelihoods for millions of households worldwide. Approximately 20 million people work in artisanal and small-scale mining accounting for 45% of all ASM activity. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the adverse impacts of abandoned mines on human and ecosystem health has not been adequately addressed.
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