SGU Advanced International Training Programme on “Mine Water and Mine Waste Management”

Deadline: 23 May 2019

The Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU) is inviting subject professionals, from relevant organizations and agencies in Eastern and Southern Africa, to apply for the Advanced International Training Programme – Mine Water and Mine Waste Management.

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  • The long-term objective is to develop a sustainable use of natural resources and to secure safe living environments for future generations.
  • Important milestones to the long-term objective are the development of transparent and inclusive processes of permitting and inspecting mines, to implement organisational changes and skills development needed for continuous improvement, and to appreciate the importance of clean and safe environments where non-discriminating economic growth can take place.
  • The immediate impact of the programme activities should be a better understanding of current and future environmental risks, impacts and mitigation. The participants will develop new approaches to data collection and sharing of information. They will strengthen regional professional networks supported by colleagues from agencies in Sweden. The participants will throughout the programme work with current and pressing needs at their workplace that involves mine waste and mine water.


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Participants will better understand and improve their ability to handle and share information about:

  • Mineral extraction, society and environment.
  • Environmental protection and biodiversity.
  • Waste generation, waste prevention, recycling and waste disposal.
  • Acid rock drainage, waste characterisation, water treatment.
  • Waste rock and tailings storage facilities.
  • Mine closure and rehabilitation.
  • Transparent and inclusive processes in permitting and inspection.

Programme Structure

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The programme comprises an application process followed by preparatory studies, three weeks of training, ten months of project work supported by mentors, and a regional conference where experiences and outcomes are presented and shared.

  • Phase 1: Preparatory studies
  • Phase 2: Training in Sweden 5–27 May, 2019
  • Phase 3: Change projects and mentorship
  • Phase 4: Regional Conference 23–27 March, 2020

Eligibility Criteria

  • Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia are prioritised countries.
  • The participants and the change project they propose must be supported by their organisation with a clearly stated commitment for the applicant to participate at all phases of the training and with a stated commitment to support, implement and finalize the change projects.
  • The programme invites applicants from government authorities involved in permitting and inspecting mines such as environmental protection agencies, mining inspectorates, mine safety departments or equivalents.
  • The applicants should have an academic background and work duties that involve participation in permitting or inspection of mines or management of such processes. Engineers, geoscientists and environmental specialists with a bachelor’s degree or higher will be prioritized. Lawyers, project managers, economists or other experts that actively contribute to the agency’s core functions are also encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants should propose change projects that have a direct bearing on the management of mine waste and mine water. The applicants should preferably propose common change projects where several staff at the authority collaborate.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must download the application form via the given website.

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