Establish no-mining zones in/near watersheds so as to preserve water levels and water quality
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Watersheds in mining zones affected by active and/or abandoned hard rock mining may act as sources of metals contamination and acid mine drainage. This is because in order to cluster the mineral extractions, chemicals such as cyanide and mercury are used and are often discharged, intentionally or not, into nearby rivers and streams (A.P.E.S. undated). Establishing no mining zones in/near watersheds may help to prevent water pollution and thus help maintain primate populations.
A.P.E.S. Portal (Undated) Threats: Mineral Resource Extraction. Available at http://apesportal.eva.mpg.de/status/topic/threats/direct/mining. Accessed 21 March 2017