Do Chinese Extraction (Mining, Oil & Gas) Activities in Africa Overlap with Areas of Conservation Value?

  • Douglas Scott


In December of 2010 a Washington based environmental non-government organisation (NGO) Conservation International (CI) commissioned a desktop study on Chinese mining, oil and gas extraction operations in Africa. The report assessed whether Chinese extraction operations were located in and/or adjacent to areas of conservation value. This summery of that report will only give a brief outline of issues that concern CI and other environmental NGOs and will instead focus on a summary of the findings on Chinese extraction operations. The report focuses on extraction operations in eleven African countries where CI has a significant presence and/ or interest.1 CI aimed to establish whether to initiate partnerships with specific Chinese companies in the extraction industry that were similar to some of the partnerships it had already developed with western mining, oil & gas companies.