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Brief overview of potential ecosystem impacts of marine phosphate mining in the Western Cape, South Africa

Brief overview of potential ecosystem impacts of marine phosphate mining in the Western Cape, South Africa

August 2016

This study outlines the potential impacts of marine phosphate mining (or any similar bulk marine sediment mining operations) on marine ecosystems in South Africa. The study was prompted by growing concern over the granting of three applications to prospect for phosphate in extensive areas off the west and south coasts of the Western Cape.

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Section 24of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

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