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Conservation, Rubies and Gold Mining in Mozambique

In May the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development included a session on gemstone mining at its three-day 11th Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains, as reported by Russell Shor of GIA in a July 17 story. (The meeting also was covered in the Spring 2017 edition of InColor Magazine, now available for browsing as discussed below.) Above, a GIA Field Gemology Project video. In its introduction GIA's Vincent Pardieu cites Dr. Colleen Begg of the Niassa Lion Project as stating that gemstone mining in Mozambique posed a greater threat to conservation than trophy hunting.