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Rio Tinto in Madagascar: “the conflict is not over” as QMM receives more than 8000 complaints from villagers

After months of crisis in Anosy following QMM’s mine tailings dam failures and the release of a million cubic metre of QMM mine basin water into the local environment with subsequent fish deaths and fishing ban, Rio Tinto’s CEO agreed … Continue reading

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Conflict ends, negotiations begin in Anosy

Settlement is underway after months of protests, road blocks, hostage taking and tear gas fired in the Anosy region. The conflict followed a fishing ban that left villagers without food security and livelihoods. See article in The Ecologist here The … Continue reading

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FISH DEATHS IN ANOSY FOLLOWING QMM MINE WATER RELEASE : PROBABLE CAUSE

The Trust has been monitoring closely the events in Anosy region following the QMM mine tailings dam failures at Mandena in February and March, and the appearance of dead fish in the lake following the second overspill incident and an … Continue reading

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RIO TINTO AGM 2022 : Q&A ON MADAGASCAR ISSUES

The AGM of Rio Tinto took place on Friday 8th April in London. It was hybrid meeting ( in person and online) and the Director of Andrew Lees Trust (ALT UK) participated in person to raise questions about the QMM … Continue reading

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MINE TAILINGS DAM FAILURE, DEAD FISH AND THE RELEASE OF 1 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF MINE PROCESS WASTEWATER AT THE RIO TINTO /QMM MINE, MADAGASCAR

Announcing the release of the : SWANSON MEMO ON WATER REPORTS ON THE QMM WATER RELEASE 2022 In February and March 2022 cyclonic rains caused mine tailings dam failures at the Rio Tinto QMM mine in Anosy region and the … Continue reading

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TONY LONG, 1949 – 2022

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we share the news of the death of one of our Trustees, Tony Long.  He died in Brussels on the 10th February, 2022, following a sudden health crisis.  We have been … Continue reading

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Water Contamination PPT Presentation

La presentation est disponible en Francais ici : CLIQUEZ ICI On the 4th August 2021, a joint online presentation was delivered by Publish What You Pay Madagascar PWYP MG) , Dr Steven Emerman of Malach Consulting and the Andrew Lees … Continue reading

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CALL TO ACTION ON WATER CONTAMINATION IN ANOSY

ACTION NEEDED We urge the Government of Madagascar, the Malagasy Ministries concerned ( e.g. for Mines, Water, Environment, Health) and the international agencies who are involved in these areas of development in Madagascar, to urgently mobilise a national inquiry into … Continue reading

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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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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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