Mountain Movers: Mining, Sustainability and the Agents of Change (Routledge Studies of the Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development)

Mountain Movers: Mining, Sustainability and the Agents of Change (Routledge Studies of the Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development)

By: Daniel M. Franks (author)Paperback

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The products of mining are everywhere - if it wasn't grown, it was mined or drilled. But the mining industry has a chequered past. Pollution, human rights abuses, and corruption have tarnished the reputation of the industry across the globe. Over a decade ago the major mining companies embraced the concept of sustainable and equitable development and embarked on an explicit process of reform - but has the industry actually changed? This book explores the dynamics of change-making for sustainable development in the resources sector, specifically the mining of mineral and energy resources. The author recounts the stories and insights of over forty change-makers both inside and outside the industry, from anti-mining activists to the professionals charged with the task of reform, introducing the people who are moving an industry that moves mountains. The book takes stock of what has worked and what has not, analyzing the relative influence and dynamics of the key corporate, civil society and government actors with a view to developing new approaches for improving environmental and social outcomes from mineral and energy development. Illustrated with case studies from Angola, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guinea, Peru, The Philippines, Romania, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and The United States of America, and brimming with the backstories to the major sustainability initiatives, Mountain Movers reveals where progress has been made and where reform is still needed towards a more sustainable and equitable mining industry.

About Author

Daniel M. Franks is Deputy Director at the Centre for Social Responsibility of Mining at the University of Queensland's Sustainable Minerals Institute, Australia, and serves as Co-Chair for Social Impact Assessment at the International Association for Impact Assessment.


Part 1: The Imperative of Change 1. Breaking New Ground The 'long petal of sea, wine and snow' Pangue, the Bio-Bio and the Performance Standards The Global Mining Initiative The Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development Project Part 2: The Markers of Change 2. Rights People and their place Saltwater, freshwater Beds are burning The Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights Protect, Respect, Remedy Free, Prior and Informed Consent 3. Environment Sirloin and sausages Marinduque and Marcopper Collapse Paste The International Cyanide Management Code Climate, water and energy Biodiversity and rehabilitation Quicksilver and the Virgin Mary Onto the agenda 4. Development Sudbury to Sewell An agent of social development? Backward, forward The Africa Mining Vision The Social Way The Sustainable Resource Communities Policy The bird-poo war La Tirana and The Esmeralda Development-relevant 5. Conflict Near and far The belligerent's best friend Fatal Transactions `Big Hole' and the de Beer brothers The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme The legacy of blood diamonds Community rising The costs of company-community conflict Getting to the table 6. Transparency Dirty deals, done dirt-cheap A crude awakening The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative The Natural Resource Charter A mandatory standard after all Part 3: The Agents of Change 7. Mountain Movers The bald mountain A governance `ecosystem' Inside-out Outside-in The theatre of agency Conclusion: The mines are they a-changin'?

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780415711715
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 178
  • ID: 9780415711715
  • weight: 295
  • ISBN10: 0415711711

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