Preparing rock compartments  for blasting on a 100 m high coastal cliff (La Réunion, 2006). © BRGM - Jean-Louis Nedellec


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WEEECAM: building a sustainable WEEE recycling sector in Cameroon

The WEEECAM project aims to demonstrate the economic feasibility and sustainability of WEEE recycling (waste electrical and eletronic equipment) in a developing country context. The specific aim is to implement sustainable and reproducible WEEE collection and treatment in large urban areas in...

Geological mapping and mineral inventory in Malawi

Since 2006, the BRGM has been coordinating a large-scale project in Malawi to develop the country's mining sector, covering all aspects from geological mapping and an inventory of mineral potential to organisation of the sector and transfers of competences.

Airborne geophysics: assessing solid rock quarrying potential in La Réunion

La Réunion is facing a shortage of solid rock supplies, which are essential to major civil engineering projects. To address the problem, the BRGM conducted a pilot study based on data collected in 2014 during the ReunEM heliborne geophysical survey campaign.

Heliborne geophysical survey of La Réunion: applications to materials prospecting

Heliborne prospecting for materials can produce imagery of hard rock sectors on and below the surface, but can also identify the thickness of loose weathering formations (clays) that prevent access to these deposits and which can also be used in some cases.

AGREGA: a new simulation tool to develop a management methodology for aggregate resources

Under the Investing for the Future programme, the BRGM is taking part in the AGREGA project for regional aggregate resources planning and management.

EXTRAVAN: developing ecotechnologies for vanadium production in Europe

Following a call for projects issued in 2014, EXTRAVAN received funding from the ADEME under the European ERA-MIN programme for sustainable raw materials production in Europe. The project was conducted in partnership with the BRGM. EXTRAVAN's results have brought advances for the re-use of European...

A geochemistry survey to support mining development in Burkina Faso

The BRGM, with World Bank funding, conducted a regional geochemistry survey on stream sediments in south-western Burkina Faso. The aim was to identify potentially mineralised zones as targets for future prospecting programmes.

Geological mapping and mineral inventories : three new programmes in Africa

Supporting economic development in Africa by updating knowledge on its geology and mineral resources is the common aim of three recent projects piloted by the BRGM in Chad, Malawi and Cameroon.


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