Category: Resource Management

Posted in Diamond Synthetics

De Beers’ move into synthetic diamonds

De Beers company, the diamond pioneer that has operated mines from the Arctic to South Africa, which has convinced the world that “a diamond is forever” and strongly believed that only mined diamonds are real and rare, is now getting into the lab-created diamond business.… Read More

Posted in Diamond

The Beast Below

And once every five years, everyone chooses to forget what they’ve learned. Democracy in()action.

The Eleventh Doctor, Doctor Who


The quote above is from the episode The Beast Below, from Doctor Who.… Read More

Posted in Business and Human Rights Certification and Transparency Civil Society Corporations Diamond Mining Multi-stakeholder Dialogue Resource Management Stakeholder State

The Rarest Diamond

It is estimated that there are only 30 red diamonds in the world, with each being less than half a carat. Its red color is due to an atomic deformity caused by extreme pressure.… Read More

Posted in Energy Resource Management Stakeholder

Resource Card : Uranium

Principal region of extraction : Canada, US, Russia, Australia, Kazakhstan, Niger, Namibia









Method of extraction : in 2012

  • in-situ leach (44.9%)
  • Underground mining (26.2%)
  • Open pit (19.9%)
  • Heap leaching (1.7%)
  • Recovering from seawater (residual)

Stakeholders : Producing States, Multinationals (see map above), States using uranium to produce electricity (see map below), miners, local populations, some NGOs, supranational organs (UN, EU…)…









Key issues :

  • Health risks of uranium mining : lung cancer
  • Need for clean-up efforts
  • Environmental effects : impact on surface water quality and quantity, groundwater quantity and quality, soils, air quality and biota
  • Management of waste and its environmental consequences
  • Industrial accidents (Chernobyl, Fukushima…)
  • Distribution of income

Exchange rate : NYMEX : 24.40 USD (-2.40%)… Read More

Posted in Diamond Mining Resource Management

Resource Card : Diamond

Main regions of extraction : Botswana, Russia, Canada, Namibia, Angola, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Australia, Congo (in 2015)









Method of extraction : industrial or traditional

  • Pipe mining (primary deposits): open-pit mining, underground mining
  • Alluvial mining (secondary deposits)
  • Marine mining

Process of recovery :
1- Crushing
2 – Scrubbing
3 – Cyclonic separation plant
4 – Recovery
5 – Cleaned, weighted and packaged

Stakeholders : States, mining firms, luxury goods industry, customers, rebel armed groups, workers…

Key issues :

  • Conflict/blood diamond : human right abuses, labor conditions, child labor, violence, civil wars…
  • Kimberley Process : ignores some issues (human rights abuse, environment…)
  • Environmental costs : land and water devastated
  • Illegal mining
  • Traceability

Exchange rate : Mineral : Nasdaq OTC Bull : 0.0228 USD (+3.64%)

Other key words :
4 C’s : cut, clarity, color, carat weight
Synthetic diamonds
Ethical diamonds

 … Read More

Posted in Business and Human Rights Civil Society Corporations Indigenous People Multi-stakeholder Dialogue Resource Management Stakeholder State Sustainability

Intersection of Forest Protection Act with Traditional Bamboo Weavers

As Forest Protection Laws became more stringent in India, the access of local inhabitants into forests became heavily restricted. I was in based in Dewas District of Madhya Pradesh (Central India) for a year in 2016 when I got in touch with Jhabral tribal community, a traditional bamboo weaving community.… Read More

Posted in Business and Human Rights Civil Society Climte Change Corporations Impact Mitigation Multi-stakeholder Dialogue Resource Management Stakeholder State Sustainability Water management

The Urgent Need for Groundwater Governance: Role of Local Communities

While the groundwater is drawn to unsustainable levels at a global level, can local communities provide a solution to restore depleting water table? Hiwre Bazar is a model village in India known for its water restoring management.… Read More

Posted in Business and Human Rights Civil Society Corporations Mining Multi-stakeholder Dialogue Resource Management Sand Mining Stakeholder State Sustainability Water management

A Heist by the Riverside: Proliferation of Sand Mining and Potential Reforms


A cursory glance of existent literature gauging the frequency and impact of environmental disasters on riverine settlements reveals worrying trends. These localities –transcending national divides – have become increasingly prone to crippling flash floods, accelerated soil erosion and dwindling groundwater levels.… Read More

Posted in Civil Society Corporations Energy Mining Resource Management Stakeholder State

Finland, the new lithium powerhouse?

Article from The Academy of Finland

Lithium is in high demand all over the world. Now mining for the valuable metal is about to start in Finland.

There are only very few places where lithium is enriched to levels that allow for commercially viable production.… Read More