Name: Ahmed Amara Konaté
Institution: CEA Mines et Société, Institut Supérieur des Mines et Géologie de Boké
Country: Republic of Guinea
Dr. Ahmed Amara Konate is an ARISE fellow in 2022, and a teacher-researcher at the Institut Supérieur des Mines et de la Géologie de Boké, Republic of Guinea. Educationally, he received his PhD in Applied Geophysics from China University of Geosciences (CUG-Wuhan) in 2015, and received his Habilitation to Supervise Research (HDR) in Geological Resources and Geological Engineering from CUG-Wuhan (in 2017).
He obtained his Specialized Certificate in Applied Groundwater Modeling from UNESCO-IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education, Netherlands (in 2019). Since 2020, Dr. Konaté has been the head of the Applied Research Laboratory in Geoscience and Environment at the Institut Supérieur des Mines et de Géologie de Boké.
As a teacher-researcher, he supervises Master and PhD students in their research. Dr. Konaté’s current research aims to develop new approaches to solving environmental and societal problems related to mining activities in West African states.
The Mining Environment project he is developing aims through a multidisciplinary approach (Mining, Hydrogeology, Geophysics, Geomatics, Geotechnics,…) to allow an objective characterization of impacts and their evolution over time, and to improve artisanal gold mining techniques.
Multi-scale satellite image analysis, laboratory and pilot scale studies will be used to develop a cost-effective, safe and environmentally friendly artisanal gold mining model.
Artisanal gold mining (AGM) is practiced by 5-6 million people in Africa. As it grows, AGM suffers from practices based on lack of planning, use of rudimentary tools, and uncontrolled use of toxic chemicals. There is no quantitative data on the environmental impact of AGM. The knowledge gained from this research will help improve the management of AGM and should ultimately provide solutions for smoother gold mining with less environmental impact.
The methodologies developed during this research will be extrapolated to different sites in West Africa in collaboration with researchers working in these fields. This work will also allow for a transfer of knowledge from the academic world to public authorities and gold miners, and will allow for a transfer of skills and integration into the universities working within the ACE Partners Responsible Mining and Sustainable Development Network.