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Militarised Mining Areas in the Kivus (August 2009)

The accompanying note on the interactive map of militarised mining areas in the Kivus

The accompanying note is an explanatory guide to the research methodology used to produce the interactive map of militarised mining areas in the Kivus (MiMiKi) map, the Concessions map and the ‘Comptoirs 2008’ table that are available below. The note includes some striking findings from the map and suggestions for possible uses of it. It is advisable to read the note before consulting the maps and the table.

A PDF version of the accompanying note is available below. If you want to open the report in a separate window, right click on the hyperlink.

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The MiMiKi map

The MiMiKi map (Militarised Mining Areas in the Kivus) is an interactive map of the Congolese Kivu provinces containing information on the location of mines, the presence of armed groups at mining sites and a number of other variables.
A separate map, the Concessions map, shows the distribution of mining permits in the region.

How to use the MiMiKi and Concessions maps:

• You can change the level of detail on the maps by zooming in or out. The maps are available at three different scales: 1:3,500,000 (initial view), 1:1,000,000 and 1:100,000. To zoom in or out, move the scroll slide (in the bottom left corner) up or down, or just move the mouse wheel up or down. For the sake of clarity, several map elements, such as the names of the mining areas, are hidden while viewing at the largest scale but usually revealed when zooming in. Please note that every mineral symbol represents a separate mining site, on which you can click to see all the relevant information. Due to the close vicinity of some sites not all the names figure on the map, not even at the smallest scale. In one case, at Bibatama (Masisi territory), the symbols of several sites overlap, even at the smallest scale, which makes it impossible to retrieve the information on all of them by clicking on their respective symbols. To solve this problem, just click on the ‘Lists’ function on the screen below and then choose the specific site you are interested in from the list: Bibatama - Rive Gauche or Rive Droite, Bibatama – Bisunzu, block ‘Bayos’ or block ‘Baraharara’.
• You can easily navigate through the map by dragging it with the mouse pointer. After a double click, the clicked-on position is displayed at the centre of the map.
• The maps feature an advanced geographic and thematic search function that locates strings of characters.
• When clicking the 'Overview' button a useful overview map appears in an extra window at the top left corner of the screen.
• A legend is provided for both the maps.
• You can also search for data thematically by clicking the 'Lists' button. The map will centre on the requested map element and automatically a table will appear with additional information on the map element.
• The same additional information on map elements can be retrieved by clicking on the item directly on the map itself (the mouse pointer should change in a hand first).

View the MiMiKi map

View the Concessions map

The ‘Comptoirs 2008’ table

The ‘Comptoirs 2008’ table contains information on official mineral trading houses in the Congolese Kivu provinces. It includes data on mineral export and ownership.

The table can be downloaded here.

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