In the coming months, relations between Angola and Portugal will see a new outlook with the introduction of actions in cooperation, especially in the areas of geological resources and energy, announced on April 18, 2019, in Marrakech, Morocco, the Director of Services of Institutional Relations of the General Directorate of Energy and Geology of Portugal.
Isabel Soares in an interview with the internal channel of Catoca at the 1st edition of the International Mining Fair (MARRAKECH MINING CONVENTION 2019), he said that, at the moment, the two countries are working to outline a new cooperation strategy including the CPLP countries committed to streamlining policies and measures that make exploration sustainable geological resources by 2026.
Data from the Mineral Resources and Geophysics Unit “URMG”, indicate that Portugal has collaborated in the geology area of Angola in geological mapping Scale-1/50 thousand since 1980. In 2014 the levels of cooperation reached their peak with the implementation of the Plan Nacional de Geologia (PLANAGEO), specifically in the southern part of Angola, where the beginning of 1/100 thousand cartography and the “non” metallic resources are expected.
With more than 200 deactivated mines presenting the most varied dangers for the environment, from radioactive ores, acidic waters, metallic poles, according to Edgar Carvalho, environmentalist, Portugal had to look for methods and find solutions to mitigate the risks resulting from mining action . “Today, Portugal has the capacity to give sustainability to recovery based on the elaboration of projects, definition of functions, monitoring after mine works in order to ensure that the abandoned mines that were active become passive.
Finally, the environmentalist showed availability of the Portuguese speaking country to offer the Sociedade Mineira de Catoca, similar services in ways to start working on the future decommissioning of the Catoca, end of service life.