Eastern Africa faces severe natural resource challenges due to exponential population growth, rapid urbanisation and economic development. Our current activities build on the BGS’s strong and diverse research experience in this region, contributing to welfare and future economic growth by the responsible use of natural resources. Principal research includes:
- quantifying how climate shocks and human stressors impact on water resources and identifying the appropriate water abstraction technologies and how these are governed to ensure they remain functional in the long term
- enhancing the understanding of the mineral and energy resource potential in the region to facilitate informed policy development, support effective governance mechanisms and aid inward investment
- using geological science to increase agricultural productivity and tackle micronutrient deficiencies by carrying out research linking bedrock geology and minerals to soil type, thus informing decisions on improving soil quality, use of fertilisers, water retention and plant nutrition (‘hidden hunger’) in vulnerable communities
Investigating multi-stressor pressures and natural controls on the security of water resources in Africa and corresponding effects.
We are working with partners at the University of Nairobi to undertake a baseline survey of emerging contaminants in two contrasting rivers of Nairobi.
Our research is enhancing the understanding of the location, extent and geometallurgy of critical-metal resources in eastern Africa, their regional prospectivity and potential to contribute to economic development.
Stakeholder workshops have drawn together representatives from five eastern African countries to determine how geological science can help support sustainable-development priorities in eastern Africa.
Working in partnership with the African Union Commission and the Ugandan Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, BGS facilitated a workshop in Entebbe, Uganda.
Strengthening African capacity in soil geochemistry to inform agriculture and health policies.