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Posted in Mapping Tools Methodology Sand Mining

Sand Mining Locations in India

In India, mining for sand is as valuable as mining for gold. This is due to large-scale urbanization and rapid construction which is the primary industry that this sand is used in.… Read More

Posted in Health Mining Toxin

Why Continue Producing Toxins? Global Asbestos Extraction and its Human Impact

Production of Asbestos is one of the most controversial natural resource extractions due to its impact on humans, as the material is widely considered as a toxin. Since the asbestos controversy from the late 1980s to the 1990s, most industrialized countries have banned asbestos.… Read More

Posted in Mining Resource Management

Great Barrier Reef and Coal Export — a Zero-Sum Game?

The Great Barrier Reef, lying to the Northeast of Australia, has long been regarded as a national and international gem. Known as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef is home to over 3000 individual reef systems and coral cays.… Read More

Posted in Blockchain New Technology Uncategorized

Blockchain and Social Exclusion

Blockchain and social exclusion 

Blockchain, especially cryptocurrency, as a technology is relatively novel and has lot be explored. However, the important question that arises for me is whether the technology is for everyone or just a few sections.… Read More

Posted in Certification and Transparency Corporations Mapping Tools

Third-party ESG Rating Agencies on Extractive Companies

By: Qiu Quan Kua
qiu.kua@graduateinstitute.ch
Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria are widely used by investors (investment funds, pension funds, institutional investors etc.) to gauge the operations of their investee companies, and by companies to gauge their own performance.… Read More

Posted in Deep Sea Mining Mining Uncategorized

A Deep Sea Mining Company is Struggling

In 2011, a Canadian company Nautilus Minerals was awarded both environmental and mining licnese to mine from the seabed off the coast of Papua New Guinea, it was the first project in the world to gain deep sea mining rights.… Read More

Posted in Certification and Transparency Conflict Mining

‘Conflict-free’ Minerals Initiatives – Goals Achieved?

 

In response to the increasing awareness about the link between mineral extraction and the financing of armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), various initiatives aimed at ‘cleaning-up’ the region’s mineral trade have been launched over the past decade.… Read More

Posted in Agriculture Mining Resource Management State

Galamsey in Ghana — to ban or not to ban?

It is estimated that 1.1 million people work under small-scale mining (SSM) in Ghana. SSM is comprised of official registered operations and unofficial galamsey (or informal mining). Concerns over galamsey include the loss of biodiversity, environmental degradation, chemical contamination and the employment of child labour.  … Read More

Posted in Impact Mitigation Multi-stakeholder Dialogue

Multi-Stakeholder Dialogues Matter

 

Due to time constraints, I could not elaborate more on the facets of multi-stakeholder dialogues in my group presentation. Because of this reason and out of my belief that this is an important approach for managing and mitigating conflicts caused by extraction projects which has been rapidly developed and embraced in recent years, I would like to present my research finding on this subject matter here.… Read More