In August the Chinese firm Changfa Mineral Resources acquired the Mokambo Copper mine project in Mufulira on the Democratic Republic of Congo border and it is expected to create around 3, new jobs when it begins full-scale operations this year.
First Quantum closed all its Congolese operations inand in concert with other stakeholders initiated international arbitration proceedings against the Congolese government. Congo between andwith four carrying out commercial-scale extraction; collectively, these companies’ assets in the DRC ranged between Cdn.
Montreal-based Shamika Resources has been exploring for tantalumniobiumtin and tungsten in the Eastern DRC  and Loncor Resources for gold, platinum, tantalum and other metals. C projects were for Canadian-owned companies active in the DRC: Impacts of natural resource extraction on the DRC[ edit ] Environmental impacts[ edit ] Resource extraction has many impacts on the cultural and environmental diversity of the DRC; it is difficult to quantify the environmental degradation of the country, which is unstable and difficult for researchers to enter.
It is also always difficult to quantify loss of biodiversity as animals are mobile and the lack of roads and navigable rivers hamper transportation into wilderness areas for researchers.
Mining in these areas is typically artisanal; a small-scale mining method that takes place in river beds and can, cumulatively, be very environmentally damaging. Artisanal mining degrades riparian zones, creating erosion and heavy silting of the water.
The tailings are often dumped into the rivers and can be contaminated with mercury and cyanide degrading the health of the river systems and putting people and wildlife at risk. Also, as people enter into these areas animals such as primates are collected for trade on the black market. Read More