Mining waste can be a wealth-creating opportunity, says Aziz Rabbah

Abandoned mining sites and mining waste can constitute an opportunity for creating wealth in a sustainable development approach, the Minister of Energy, Mines and the Environment, Aziz Rabbah, stressed on Tuesday.

At the end of a semi-face-to-face meeting on the national action plan for the recovery of mining waste, Aziz Rabbah noted that abandoned mining sites and mining waste are often considered as constraints for the territories, noting that they can represent opportunities for sustainable development and wealth creation.

Often mining waste is full of metals and it would be wise to use it for the benefit of mining resources, public works and equipment, he added, saying that abandoned mining sites can be exploited as tourist areas, museums and parks.

In addition, the Minister highlighted the launch of the National Geology Plan 2021-2030 aimed at injecting the Geological Service of Morocco with a new dynamic within the framework of the implementation of the High Royal Directives to implement sectoral strategies converging towards a unified and transversal government policy, as well as the Plan Maroc Mines (PMM) which will serve as a locomotive for responsible and sustainable development in order to make the mining industry a model sector by 2030.

This meeting, marked by the participation of representatives of the various ministerial departments and researchers, was the opportunity to present the action plan relating to the measures necessary to control and reduce the possible impacts of these activities, as part of the study. national for the development of an action plan for the recovery of mining waste in Morocco.

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The study thus made it possible to draw up, in addition to the action plan, an inventory of the risks of mining pollution as well as a diagnosis of the extent of the pollution and the impacts of mining waste on the environment. .

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