Author Archives: Yvonne Orengo

2021 AGM, Rio Tinto evades questions and blames slash and burn agriculture and population growth for the problem of fresh water access in the Anosy region.

The Rio Tinto AGM held on the 9th April 2021 was a virtual webinar due to Covid 19 restrictions. Only 35 people were participating. The technology placed Rio Tinto firmly in control of the content of the meeting and most … Continue reading

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2021 AGM ACTION : Holding Rio Tinto to account

April 2021 marks four years since Andrew Lees Trust (ALT UK) first raised questions at the Rio Tinto AGM about the breach of an environmental buffer zone in Southern Madagascar by the company’s subsidiary Qit Mineral Madagascar (QMM). The breach … Continue reading

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QMM MINE WASTEWATER REPORT 2021 : ELEVATED LEVELS OF URANIUM, LEAD, CADMIUM AND ALUMINIUM IN RIO TINTO MINE DISCHARGE WATERS IN MADAGASCAR

A new Rio Tinto wastewater report documents elevated levels of uranium, between 1.6-1.8 mg/L, in its QMM mine discharge waters around the Mandena site, Anosy region, in southern Madagascar. These elevated uranium levels are consistent with previous data reported by QMM and … Continue reading

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UPDATE : WATER QUALITY AROUND THE RIO TINTO/QMM MINE IN SOUTHEASTERN MADAGASCAR

Please see the Andrew Lees Trust’s WATER BRIEFING for the main summary findings from studies conducted between 2018 – 2019 This blog post provides a brief UPDATE regarding the latest water data as well findings from new research into community … Continue reading

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Environmentalism in a time of Covid

An Article by Tony Long, Trustee of Andrew Lees Trust. The original is published by the Harkness Fellows Association – available at https://www.harknessfellows.org.uk/features/environmentalism-in-a-time-of-covid Not a year goes by without news of some environmental disaster happening somewhere or another around the … Continue reading

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THE CERCLE IN ANOSY – UPDATE FROM THE GROUND

The Andrew Lees Trust continues to find ways to generate support for the activity of local NGO Andry Lalana Tohana (ALT MG) and its work in the south of Madagascar . In 2019 ALT MG launched the CERCLE – the … Continue reading

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Open letter with questions to Rio Tinto from five countries – including Madagascar (regarding the QMM mine in Anosy)

Open letter to Rio Tinto demands answers to questions posed by civil society actors/NGO representatives acting for communities in five countries where Rio Tinto mines (and proposed projects) are having detrimental impacts, violating the environment and abusing human rights. Read … Continue reading

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WATER BRIEFING : an introduction to water contamination and environmental governance issues surrounding Rio Tinto’s QMM Mine in Madagascar

The Andrew Lees Trust 2020 Water Briefing on the QMM mine buffer zone breach and water contamination issues is now available DOWNLOAD THE WATER BRIEFING HERE Between 2013-2014, Rio Tinto’s mine in Madagascar, operated by subsidiary QIT Minerals Madagascar (QMM), … Continue reading

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RIO TINTO 2020 AGM : questions about the QMM mine in Madagascar

Malagasy civil society Representative Eryck Randrianandrasana Eryck Randrianandrasana of Publish What You Pay Madagascar (PWYP MG) had planned to come to the UK to participate in the Rio Tinto AGM and ask the company some thorny questions about its QMM … Continue reading

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Remembering Andrew – Marking 25 years…..

“At some point I had to stand up and be counted. Who speaks for the butterflies?” AT this time of year, the custom is to put the past behind and make resolution for the future. The turning of the year, … Continue reading

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