- We bring you two stories that illustrate some of the innovative new ways conservationists are attempting to address the impacts of mining on this episode of the Mongabay Newscast.
- Dr. Manuela Callari, a Mongabay contributing writer who recently wrote about Australia’s tens of thousands of abandoned and shuttered mines, discusses novel solutions to restoring native habitat destroyed by mining, and how the industry is finally beginning to work with local and aboriginal communities in creating mine closure plans.
- And Bjorn Bergman, an analyst with the NGO SkyTruth, discusses Project Inambari, an open mapping platform that utilizes satellite radar imagery to detect the impacts of small-scale, illegal mining in the Amazon rainforest.
- Project Inambari was named one of the winners of the Artisanal Mining Challenge, a global competition that recently awarded $750,000 in prizes for innovative solutions.
Today we have two stories about the impacts of mining and some of the new and innovative ways conservationists are attempting to deal with those impacts.
Our first guest is Dr. Manuela Callari, a Mongabay contributor who recently wrote about the tens of thousands of abandoned and shuttered mine sites in Australia. Callari tells us about her reporting on the novel solutions to restoring the native habitat destroyed by old mines, and the ways the mining industry is just now starting to work with local and aboriginal communities on their mine closure plans.
We also welcome to the program Bjorn Bergman, an analyst with the NGO SkyTruth who is leading the development of Project Inambari, an open mapping platform that utilizes satellite radar imagery to detect the impacts of small-scale, illegal mining in the Amazon rainforest. Project Inambari was recently named one of the winners of the Artisanal Mining Challenge, and Bergman is here to tell us how the prize money will be used to scale Project Inambari up and why satellite radar is an effective means of tracking mining in tropical forests.
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