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Author:Emilka Skrzypek (University of St Andrews)
Paper short abstract:
This paper explores the local and global assemblages that formed around the EIS review process at the Frieda River Project in Papua New Guinea.
Paper long abstract:
Recent analysis by Valenta et al. (2019) included Frieda River’s mineral assets on a list of the world’s ‘most complex copper orebodies’ and warned that rapid unlocking of these ores will unleash significant environmental and social impacts that may impede extraction and restrict the global supply of copper. In September 2020, ten UN special rapporteurs wrote to the PNG government urging that these impacts are fully and appropriately considered in the new mine approval process. Grounded in people’s own perceptions and experience of the Environmental Impact Statement review process, this paper explores the kinds of relationships that were illuminated and formed by the review process, and the factors facilitating and restricting access to the process for the different interest groups.
Local effects, global alliances, and Environmental Impact Assessments at resource extraction projects