GECO develops sustainable management of mineral natural ressources.
In 2007, the Belgian Federal Public Service (FPS) Foreign Affairs, External Trade and Development Cooperation entrusted the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) – by its department “Geological Survey of Belgium”- and the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) to develop an excellence centre (GECO) aiming to support politics, citizens and industries working in the sustainable management of the mineral natural resources. Its activities consist in the development of applications in order:
- to bring indices and methods to the authorities allowing them to work out regulations fixing the optimum conditions for operating taking into account the environmental and social factors;
- to provide the authorities and the companies with powerful tools of traceability of the raw materials;
- to advice with expert systems allowing the partners to answer these requirements.