Raw materials

Copper Mine, Zambia

Mineral and energy resources are of key importance worldwide, especially for industrialised countries like Germany. Without them, the technical advances that are a part of our modern lives would not exist. At the same time, such raw materials are a major source of income for many developing countries. As the demand for raw materials is growing, the extractive sector provides opportunities for social, political and economic development in these countries.

Yet where there is poor governance, extractive projects can also lead to negative developments such as corruption, environmental pollution or social conflict.

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