Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan, University of St La Salle, Université de Namur, Catholique Université de Louvain, and Université de Mons of Belgium have joined forces in the research project, “Building up an Integrated Methodology for Water Resources Assessment and Management in Urban Coastal Areas” or BIMWAM.
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Today the centre continues to provide a safe-space for deep reflection and formation in a post-liberation Zimbabwe, which faces new issues and challenges. One major challenge is injustices associated with the mining sector. Silveira House director Fr Gibson Munyoro SJ together with members of the advocacy and peace-building team explained how they are working with communities who are affected by mines.
Since 2013 they have been especially involved with two cases. The first is a community next to a black granite mine in Mutoko lying in the Mashonland East province, about 143km from Harare. The people close to the quarry have suffered greatly, including from the dumping of waste on their agricultural lands. The second is a community close to a coal mine in Hwange in the western province of Matabeleland North.
The objective of this project is to encourage the educational community Javeriana to take water from the aqueduct and avoid drinking bottled water since the final disposal of the same pollute the environment. This project is developed from the Directorate of Physical Resources aware that we must reduce the environmental impact reducing pollutant waste such as bottles.
Justice in Mining is a Global Ignatian Advocacy Network that works to protect human rights and the environment, and seeks to ensure mining only occurs where issues of equity and sustainability are addressed.
Its new website, launched on 31 July 2016, Feast Day of Saint Ignatius, builds on its Facebook presence, and is part of a communications strategy to help build awareness of human rights and environmental issues relating to mining.