Bossissi Nkuba, is an Associate Professor of natural resources at the Center of Expertise on Mining and Environmental Governance (CEGEMI) of the Catholic University of Bukavu (UCB) and a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Antwerp, from which he holds a PhD in environmental toxicology, with a focus on artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) -derived pollutants in waters, fish and human communities, as well as the sociopolitical dynamics behind such pollutions.
He led the national assessment of the socio-economy of DRC’s ASGM and its use of mercury, and the development of DRC’s ASGM National Action Plan 2020-2035. His recent work includes artisanal cobalt mining in Katanga (DRC); child labor in copper mining (DRC); water pollution in Ethiopia; and implementation of Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea’s ASGM national action plans. His current research focuses on governance of resources (sand, stones, water, food, etc.) in African cities experiencing demographic explosion.
My contribution to the panel is the health and environmental impact of gold mining in DRC.