UNESCO and Cardiff University launch online course on Geographic Information System techniques for sustainable mining

UNESCO and Cardiff University are set to launch a short professional development course on Geographic Information System (GIS) techniques to equip Southern African geoscientists for generating a sustainability atlas on 1 November 2021. This course responds to the call for the adoption of sustainable mining practices to ensure the sustainable development of the communities surrounding mining areas.

The course will be initially rolled out to 50 participants in Southern Africa, with the majority coming from Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The selected participants have been drawn from various backgrounds and organisations within the Geosciences field, but ultimately with the goal of improving on the sustainability prospects of mining operations in Southern Africa. 

46% of the course participants are women, with a broad range technical and managerial levels represented within the sample. This pilot course will run from the 1st of November to 30 November on the UNESCO Open Learning Platform.

This online course was co-developed by UNESCO and Cardiff as well as engagement with local experts. UNESCO has the mandate to support research and capacity in geology and geophysics, and the International Geoscience Programme is its flagship.

The International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) serves as a knowledge hub of UNESCO to facilitate international scientific cooperation in the geosciences. The IGCP mission includes promoting sustainable use of natural resources, advancing new initiatives related to geo-diversity and geo-heritage and geohazards risk mitigation.