Uranium mining

  Success Story of Cesope opposing uranium mining in Tanzania from 2009 to 2017

Since 2009 CESOPE started a campaign to stop uranium mining plans in Tanzania. Uranium mining is still a potential threat in Tanzania and in the world at large as a result of proliferation of nuclear energy and nuclear weapon. CESOPE we do Seminars, training, workshops, conferences, meetings, TV programs , documentary films, Radio programs and studies in order to have strong allies within community who their will able to react immediately on issues of civil rights violations and environmental problems where will be caused with Uranium activities and
– To build up reliable network between organization and communities for easy exchange of information on what is happening at grassroots committees .

For more detail click here URANIUM REPORT 2017 Tanzania

Story by Anthony Lyamunda

Funded by The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung
Dar es salaam

The Menace of Uranium Mining
Case Studies on Cameroon, Mali and Tanzania


More and more uranium – the fuel for nuclear power plants – comes from Africa. In Europe, uranium mining is made very difficult, mainly due to legislation. Also countries as Canada and Australia face an increasing pressure to comply with stricter environmental and social standards. That is understandable as uranium mining is an environmentally highly hazardous activity and can lead to social injustice. African countries as Niger and South Africa already deliver uranium to the world market. Cameroon, Mali, Tanzania and other countries are now facing the menace of uranium mining.
The disasters of the Fukushima and Chernobyl nuclear power stations are forever in the collective memory of human kind. But where does the nuclear fuel chain actually start? And which impact does it have on countries in Africa and on other continents? Exploration and exploitation of uranium is the starting point of the nuclear fuel chain. Uranium mining has a tremendous impact on environment and society in the respective regions. But do we actually know where the respectively extracted uranium has its origin and which players are involved in the whole nuclear fuel chain? Who has and who takes responsibility in e.g. Europe? Is there actually transparency in the supply chain?
These and other questions are addressed in the project Enhancing transparency in the uranium chain and supporting responsible practices; uranium mining: a comparison of producing and near-producing countries. This project is a joint effort to address critical issues around uranium mining and its impact. Legislation concerning uranium mining in western countries is getting stricter and stricter. At the same time uranium mining exploration licenses in many developing economies are rapidly increasing whilst objective information provision on this type of mining and governance implications are strongly lagging behind. URENCO, the uranium enrichment company, enriches fresh uranium for at least 170 nuclear power stations (Nucleair Nederland, 2014). Fresh uranium comes from at least Niger, Namibia, and in the future potentially from Malawi, Mali, Cameroon and Tanzania. Full transparency over the whole fuel chain would make it possible to influence both end users (in this case Europe) and producers (in this case African countries) to take responsibility. This responsibility refers to environmental governance and security as well as civil society issues that are tied to nuclear energy and uranium mining, workers’ rights, empowering civil society organizations (CSOs) in the participating countries in Africa, democracy, health and fair prices.
This report forms an important part of the aforementioned project. It combines the Case Studies of each of the African project partner countries. Each African project partner from Cameroon, Mali and Tanzania prepared a Case Study on the situation in the respective country. This report combines all three Case Studies presenting the situation of some of the African countries facing potential uranium mining from different perspectives and yet very similar. The project aims to enhance the capacity building and cooperative learning of the involved project partner organizations, to stimulate the interaction between the project partners as well as raising awareness for more transparency in the fuel chain and demanding the corresponding stakeholders to take responsibility.
The content of the Case Studies of each country is the responsibility of each organization of the respective country. The views expressed and methodologies used in this report may not necessarily reflect those of WISE and IUCN NL.
This publication is meant to encourage governments, CSOs, citizens and international bodies to encourage respective uranium mining companies, governmental institutions and other involved parties to act and take responsibility or to formulate requests and policy recommendations.
World Information Service on Energy, November 2014

For more detail click here Radiating Africa-Case studies on Cameroon,Mali and Tanzania