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About this tool:

#MineAlert-Africa – is a geo-journalism platform documenting biodiversity threats posed by mining licences across the African continent It confronts official boundaries of mining licences across over 21 African countries against protected areas, allowing journalists for a quick verification of any licence holders operations. The data featured covers a snapshot taken in November 2023. Historical data of ownership information will be progressively added to the tool and updated in the next project phases.

This project was initiated by EIF (Environmental Investigative Forum) and draws from Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism’s #MineAlert tool, a project of Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism, which allows users to track and share mining licences and applications across South Africa.

Terms of service:

#MineAlert-Africa is established as a public interest platform destined to investigative journalists and researchers worldwide. This platform and website are edited by EIF (Environmental Investigative Forum), a global consortium of environmental investigative journalists aiming to foster new tools, methodologies and partnership models to enhance cross-regional collaboration around environmental investigative journalism.

By using this website you agree:

  • To duly credit EIF and its platform when using the information featured on this platform as such “Mine Alert!- Africa, a platform developed by the global journalism consortium EIF (Environmental Investigative Forum)”
  • To restrict from using any automated tool or script in order to acquire the data featured on this platform for lucrative and non-lucrative use
  • That the data featured on this website may have changed since the latest available update featured and that EIF shall not be held responsible for any misquote and misuse of the data.

Data sources & Copyright:

Data and content featured on this website are published as a geo-journalism work aiming at public interest and are purely non-lucrative. EIF isn’t a custodian of any mining data featured on this platform, relevant public authorities of each country featured in this tool are.

Mining geo-data featured in this platform are republished under “fair use” US doctrine applicable as per the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. Geo-data used for the “protected areas” layer featured in the tool comes from the UNEP-WCMC and IUCN (2024) World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA)/OECM Database. Available at:

Project team:

  • Jack Wolf (Project Manager)
  • Pere Roca Ristol (Project developer)
  • Robin Taylor (Project support)
  • Alix Smidman (Project Communication)
  • Alexandre Brutelle (Project Coordinator)

#MineAlert-Africa was supported by the Journalismfund Europe’s Earth Grant Program for “Enabling Environmental Services” and the support of Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism.