Sector Programme
Extractives and Development
Rutondo Mining Site

29.09.2022 Gender equality in artisanal and small-scale mining: Progress in the Great Lakes Region Internal link

Women play an important role in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM), accounting for approximately 50% of the total workforce in Africa. However, the visibility and recognition of their vital contribution to the sector remains low. In collaboration with the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), GIZ implemented a project to integrate gender mainstreaming in the mining sector.


19.08.2022 Podcast series “Responsible Sourcing”: Highgrade Media interviews the BMZ Internal link

Highgrade Media, financially supported by the Sector Programme “Extractives and Development”, has just published a podcast series on the topic of “Responsible Sourcing”. As part of this series, Highgrade Media interviewed Dr. Heike Henn, Director for Climate, Energy and Environment at the BMZ. Find all information about it here.

 Panelists (left to right): Susana Moreira (Worldbank), Tim Schlösser (X4D), Anand Sheth (International Lithium Association), Daniel Cios (European Commission, below)

05.08.2022 Emissions in the lithium supply chain: Launch of the Climate Mineral Explorer Internal link

On June 29, the Climate-Smart Mining Initiative launched a new tool: the Climate Mineral Explorer. Tim Schlösser, head of the GIZ-sector project, discussed greenhouse gas emissions along mineral supply chains on the expert panel.

20.07.2022 New briefing note on the nexus between the Environment and Human Rights in mining Internal link

The new briefing note examines the correlation between environmental damages and risks to human rights in the mining sector. Learn more about the legal background here!

Mining vehicles

13.07.2022 Virtual event on “Carbon emissions reduction in mining supply chains: Approaches and Best Practices” Internal link

To reach the goals of the Paris Agreement, countries all over the world need to reduce greenhouse emissions. Currently, the mining sector is among the largest emitters with a reduction potential along the supply chain by for example using renewable energy in mining and processing.


05.07.2022 Publication of a study on due diligence in 3TG supply chains Internal link

The sector programme has published a new report on the implementation of due diligence in the supply chains of the 3TG minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold). Based on the countries Burkina Faso, Mozambique and Nigeria, the report analyses the extractive sector and the risks of violating due diligence obligations.

Events in the Extractives Sector

  1. Completed event
    07.-10.11.2022, in person
    IGF Annual General Meeting

    This year's Annual General Meeting of the Intergovernmental Forums on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development takes place between 07-10 November. For further information, please click here (External link).

ASM-Arbeiter in Sierra Leone

Who are we?

On behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Sector Programme “Extractives and Development” (X4D) is jointly implemented by the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

The Sector Programme “Extractives and Development” supports the BMZ in shaping the national and international development policy agenda in the extractive sector through its own impulses and innovations, and advises the BMZ continuously and comprehensively on economic and policy issues related to extractives.

70 % of the worldwide produced cobalt comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Which countries rank 2nd and 3rd in global cobalt mining?

Newest Publications


The implementation of due diligence in 3TG supply chains - The cases of Burkina Faso, Mozambique and Nigeria

File type PDF | Date of status 06/2022 | File size 9 MB, Pages 117 Pages

Sustainable Lithium-Ion Batteries for E-Mobility

File type PDF | Date of status 03/2022 | File size 5 MB, Pages 9 Pages

BGR Study on environmental and socio-economic issues arising from the improper disposal of drill cuttings

File type PDF | Date of status 12/2021 | File size 3 MB, Pages 62 Pages | Accessibility Accessible

Impact of New Mining Technologies on Local Procurement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

File type PDF | Date of status 12/2021 | File size 1 MB, Pages 53 Pages


Verhandlungen im Ministerium in Nairobi, Kenia
ASM Arbeiter in eine Kobaltmine in der DRC
Bild sozial-ökologische Auswirkungen

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