An eco-friendly mine?

Mining giant Rio Tinto has an ambitious conservation agenda in connection with its titanium mine near Tolagnaro, Madagascar. It has created conservation zones that it won’t mine and pledged to regrow the forests that it destroys.

Critics say it won’t succeed, in part because too little will be conserved. NGOs also say the mine has been detrimental to local people, but the government approves because it represents significant foreign investment.

The above photos were taken at the Mandena nursery, where plants are grown to one day repopulate the forest. A few shots are also from around Tolagnaro, also known as Ft. Dauphin. Rio Tinto does not allow photography of the mine itself.

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2 Responses to “An eco-friendly mine?”

  1. ADAM JADHAV » Blog Archive » Published: Mining giant bills itself as eco-friendly? Says:
    May 31st, 2010 at 12:31 pm

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  2. Julia Says:
    September 4th, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Happy to see how the project progressed. I was there in ’05 and did a project on the mine’s projected outlook for the region. Have you been back recently or heard news?
    Cheers,
    Julia (UVA Grad student)

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