MARINE AND COASTAL MINING: EXPANSION, CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Prideel Majiedt, Kerry Sink and Kirsty McQuaid
South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)

 

Abstract

Exploration, production and mining of petroleum and minerals in the coastal and marine environment of South Africa are expanding. Mining for diamonds, garnet, titanium, gold and other minerals is discussed and new developments in offshore oil and gas mining including wellheads in 2 000 m of water and the first marine fracking application. This presentation provides an overview of potential impacts of different types of mining and reviews initiatives in mapping such mining and in engaging with the mining sector about potential impacts and biodiversity priority areas. Diamond and petroleum mining interests have posed challenges in developing Protected Areas on South Africa’s west coast and these are examined. Steps taken to overcome these challenges are outlined and progress in the development of the Namaquland Marine Protected Area is presented. The current coastal and marine content in the Mining and Biodiversity Guidelines is examined and recommendations for improved identification and communication of South Africa’s coastal and marine biodiversity priorities are discussed

 

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MARINE AND COASTAL MINING: EXPANSION, CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
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