Mining Watch Balkans

Mining exploration in Balkans has a long lasting history. Old mines restoration and new exploration concessions are expanding in all Balkan states. Mining concessions for exploration are owned by foreign or domestic companies.

Mining and mineral processing has played a vital part in the history and economy of the Western Balkans.

Richly endowed with mineral resources such as copper, chromite, lead and zinc, it boasts some of the largest deposits in Europe. Capitalizing on such mineral assets will be a priority for South Eastern Europe in order to boost local economies and attract foreign investment.

To secure the environmental, economic and social sustainability of such new or restarted operations, the region will need to define and enforce a legal framework for sustainable mining practices.

MiningWatchSEE will monitor and report on the mining exploration projects and its environment impacts.

Mining Environment Impact Issues

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