In Belgrade, at the Metropol Palace Hotel, on June 4, 2015, the beginning of the Project implementation entitled “Investigation of the Integration System of Analysis the Spatial Environment and Application the Advanced Technologies for Metal Recovery with the Aim of Sustainable Use of Mineral Resources” was presented to the media, professional and scientific public.
The Project is implemented within the SATREPS program (Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development), created as a result of cooperation between the Japanese Agency for International Cooperation (JICA) and the Japanese Science and Technology Agency (JST). The partners from Japan and the Republic of Serbia are involved in the Project implementation. The partners from Japan are the Center for Geo-Environmental Science (CGES), Akita University, International Center for Research and Education on Mineral and Energy Resources (ICREMER), Akita University, Department of Engineering and Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering and Resources Science, Akita University, Japan Space Systems (J-spacesystems) and Mitsui Mineral Development Engineering Co., Ltd. (MINDECO), and partners from Serbia are the Mining and Metallurgy Institute Bor, Technical Faculty in Bor and the following competent Ministries of the Republic of Serbia: the Ministry of Mining and Energy and Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection.
The Project will be implemented in the next five years, until 2020, with the participation of Serbian and Japanese experts from these institutions.
The Project value is 5.6 million USD and implemented from a grant of the Government of Japan, with the participation of domestic funds of about 800,000 USD. During the Project implementation, the pollutants will be first defined and possibilities of using the most advanced technologies for remediation of mining waste in Bor, and then the formation of an integrated environmental monitoring system for the Bor area has been planned. The ultimate goal is to establish an integral environmental assessment and remediation system in order to achieve a sustainable use of mineral resources, valorization of useful components from the mining waste in various industries, and to clean and safely disposal the rest.
At the Project presentation, the active participation was taken by: Dr Zoran Stevanović, Project Executive Director; Prof. Dr Daizo Ishiyama, Chief Advisor of JICA and Professor of Akita University; Mr. Masahiro Suga, Minister of the Embassy of Japan in Belgrade, Mr. Siniša Tanacković, Project Director and Assistant Minister of the Ministry of Mining and Energy of the Republic of Serbia; Mr. Aleksandar Vesić, Assistant Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment and Mr. Takumi Ueshima, Director of JICA.