This report gives a factual background to the extraction of coltan, its refining to tantalum metal and its ultimate use in many different types of equipment. The report had been researched and written by Fauna
& Flora International (FFI)/ We chose not to take the easy approach of supporting a ban on the use of coltan, but rather to support the development of a controlled trading system. In particular we would welcome a positive and transparent economic intervention that will, under the national and international frameworks for reconstruction of the DRC, support local livelihood development, social stability, economic regeneration and conservation benefit.
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