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Resources for the study of extractivism

To help organizations and individuals inform themselves about mines and mining, AIDA has created a mining resources page. We have brought together and will continue to synthesize a list of useful references and resources for groups and individuals looking to educate themselves about the mining industry, mines, and their environmental, economic, and social impacts.

Mount Polley Mine Disaster Check Up. Inaction, Uncertainty and Ongoing Risks for BC

Brief analysis of the response to the Mount Polley Mine disaster in British Columbia, Canada.

Towards the integration of biodiversity in Environmental Impact Assessments of Bolivia

This book presents a diagnostic evaluation of the degree  to which biodiversity has been integrated in Bolivian EIAs applied in several economic sectors.

Twelve Red Flags: Corruption Risks in the Award of Extractive Sector Licenses and Contracts

Analysis of corruption study cases in the extractive sector and recommendations on how to prevent them.

La Colosa: A Death Foretold

Alternative report about the AngloGold Ashanti gold mining project in Cajamarca, Tolima, Colombia.

Guidebook for Evaluating Mining Project EIAs

The guidebook will help identify flaws in mining project plans, and explore ways that mining companies can reduce the public health hazards associated with mining.

Hardrock Mining: Acid Mine Drainage

Acid mine drainage is mining's most serious threat to water resources. A mine with acid drainage has the potential for long-term devastating impacts on rivers, streams and aquatic life.

Tarnished Gold: mining and the unmet promise of development

The International Finance Corporation continues to dress up money-making gold mining investments as development, yet it fails to demonstrate how these projects actually reduce poverty.

Predicting Water Quality at Hardrock Mines

Review of the methods and models used to predict water quality at hardrock mine sites, with an emphasis on the state of the art and on advantages and limitations of these techniques.

Dirty Metals: Mining, Communities and the Environment

This report will will explain how the mining of copper, tantalum, gold, platinum and other metals damages landscapes, pollutes water, and poisons people.

Canadian Mining Companies in Latin America: Community Rights and Corporate Responsibility

This conference addressed the tension between community rights and corporate social  responsibility  in  the  context  of  Canadian  mining  investment  in  Latin  America.

Breaking New Ground: An Agenda for Change (Chapter 16)

Conclusions from the Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development project and an agenda that sets out actions for improving the mineral sector’s contribution to sustainable development.

Extractive Sectors and the Poor

This paper examines how states that rely on oil and mineral exports address the concerns of the poor.

The case of Mendoza teaches a valuable lesson to all Latin American countries: When citizens are aware of the importance of nature and the scale of the dangers it faces, they will not yield.

Daniela Belén Velazquez, AIDA intern

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