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Africa: Minerals Dialogues With Communities [Sierra Leone]

African Minerals Limited...engaged members of the Marampa community in the Port Loko district to examine the company's environmental social health impact assessment (ESHIA) and to make meaningful contributions before they could finally embark on full scale mining operations...Director of the Sierra Leone Environmental Protection Agency...said it was significant that the company fully involved members of that community...as they stand to be seriously affected should things…go wrong. He said since mining activities started in the area, a lot of destruction was being done to the environment and therefore government has demanded that mining companies seriously consider the protection of the environment and its inhabitants... [African Minerals] said they had already dished out the sum of Le2.5 billion as compensation to those who lost their crops during the construction work…