Welcome to the project website of the “System for Monitoring Law Enforcement of Informal Mining – SYMIN”. This project is funded by ESA-ESRIN through Out of Europe Timely Situation Awareness for Law Enforcement and Intelligence Application - AO/1-6627/11/I-LG. The project started in November 2011 and will end in April 2013. KabulThe website contains background information about the project, data used, results and information material. The content and material will be updated regularly.


SYMIN Project successfully completed - July 31 - 2013
30 July 2013

We are pleased to announce the successful conclusion of the SYMIN project. This follows completion of the project activities and presentation of the results at the final meeting with the European Space Agency (ESA), which financed the project as a component of the Value Added Element VAE.
You can download the current SYMIN press release in the Downloads section.

SYMIN final presentation and brochure
30 July 2013

Available in the Downloads section.

GAF at ISM Congress 2013
30 July 2013

16. – 20.09.2013 – Aachen
GAF presents our activities in the mining sector at XV International ISM (International Society for Mine Surveying) Congress in Aachen, Germany.

SYMIN project poster available
03 April 2013

You can download the new SYMIN project poster in the Downloads section.

Meet GAF at international mining events
19 February 2013

5.3.2013 - Toronto
In conjunction with PDAC (Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada) Annual Conference in Toronto - the German Mineral Resources Agency (DERA) organises at a workshop " Germany’s role in mineral resources markets". GAF gives a presention on "Geoinformation and Capacity Building for the Mining Industry and Mineral Governance" in the session on German Mining Equipment and Innovative Technologies for the Mining Sector.
DERA invitation to PDAC session

21. - 22.2.2013 - Astana
GAF is present at the conference on „Mineral Resources for Development in Central Asia“ organised by GIZ (German Technical Aid) and BGR (German Raw Materials Agency). Dr Tobias Wever, Head of GAF Geology/Mining gives an intervention on "Mining Sector Reform – a Holistic Approach and Worldwide Experiences".
Einladung zur 1. Ost-Ausschuss PPD Sitzung in Astana
Download presentation "Mining Sector Reform – a Holistic Approach and Worldwide Experiences"

February 2013 - Capetown
GAF showing SYMIN at Mining Indaba 2013 in Capetown at the booth of the Ministry of Mines, Afghanistan
GAF supported the Ministry of Mines, Afghanistan to be present at the Mining Indaba 2013, Capetown. Satellite images depicting mining operations were at display at the booth of the Ministry of Mines, Afghanistan.