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The following are resources (organizations, academic projects, publications, films, websites) recommended by conference participants as useful references for those interested in the themes of this conference.
See also the extensive list of resources here collected for a past CERLAC mining conference.
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ACADEMIC UNITS / PROJECTS
Canadian Business Ethics Research Network (CBERN)
Multi-perspective, collaborative CSR case study research on the activities of Canadian Mining Companies in developing countries
Extractive Industries Research Group (EIRG)
Groupe de recherche sur les activités minières en Afrique
IBA research network
Brings together academics, regulators, Aboriginals, industry representatives, and consultants with experience with, and/or knowledge of, Impact and Benefit Agreements (IBAs) for the purpose of identifying knowledge gaps and facilitating research to address those gaps
Multi-perspective, collaborative CSR case study project
Programme on Territories, Conflicts and Development in the Andes
Research Programme aiming to produce knowledge on the political ecology of social conflicts in the rural area, the factors driving the geography of NGOs and social movements as they relate to these conflicts, the relationships between civil society and political economy under conditions of neoliberalism, the implications for the future of rural environments and societies and the emergence of diverse development alternatives across space.
Ryerson Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility
Social movements and poverty
CHOROPAMPA: The Price of Gold
Powerful interests conspire to thwart villagers at every turn in this 2-year epic chronicle of the real price of gold.
The Curse of Copper: Ascendant Copper in Ecuador
From Kalinga to Kashipur
People’s resistance to Alcan's project in India.
Niyamigiri (The Mountain of Law)
Documentary: Bauxite mining in the Niyamgiri hills in South West Orissa & resistance.
Oil on Ice
“Oil on Ice is a vivid, compelling and comprehensive documentary connecting the fate of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to decisions America makes about energy policy, transportation choices, and other seemingly unrelated matters. Caught in the balance are the culture and livelihood of the Gwich’in people and the migratory wildlife in this fragile ecosystem.”
Sipakapa is Not for Sale (Sipakapa No Se Vende)
Documentary about Mayan Guatemalans democratically saying “no” to open-pit gold mine proposed by Glamis Gold subsidiary Montana Exploradora. “Sipakapa no se vende” analyzes the debate over mining exploitation by filming representatives of the mining company as well as the Sipakapan Maya. However, the larger issue is the Sipakapans’ battle to preserve their autonomy from foreign commercial interests. Their fight offers a hopeful example to other indigenous people around the world who refuse to be victims.
Tambogrande: Mangos, Murder, Mining
Tambogrande is an impassioned tale of fruit farmers who went head-to-head with the Peruvian mining industry and the shady politicians behind it.
“Pan-Canadian initiative supported by environmental, social justice, Aboriginal and labour organisations from across the country. It addresses the urgent need for a co-ordinated public interest response to the threats to public health, water and air quality, fish and wildlife habitat and community interests posed by irresponsible mineral policies and practices in Canada and around the world.”
Mines and Communities (MAC)
The MAC website exposes the social, economic, and environmental impacts of mining, particularly as they impact on Indigenous and land-based peoples.
NO a la Mina
Asambleas de Vecinos Autoconvocados por el NO A LA MINA
Creating Empowered Communities: Gender and Sustainable Livelihoods in a Coal Mining Region in Indonesia
Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining in Asia-Pacific Portal
The mandate of ASM Asia-Pacific Portal is to promote knowledge about ASM in the Asia-Pacific region, especially as it applies to poor people’s livelihoods, best practices in environmental care, in policies that work for people as well as for the environment, in creating new approaches that are inclusive, and to promote fellowship and cooperation among those persons and groups interested in poverty eradication and sustainable development.
Global Witness investigates and campaigns to prevent natural resource-related conflict and corruption.
Canadian Roundtables on the Extractive Industries
Mining related content
Funds community-controlled development, environmental, human rights and emergency-relief projects in Guatemala, Honduras, Chiapas and Oaxaca (Mexico) and El Salvador, and does education and activism work with North Americans to address global exploitation, repression, enviro-destruction and racism.
Confederación Nacional de Comunidades del Perú Afectadas por la Minería (Conacami)
Confederación Nacional de Comunidades del Perú Afectadas por la Minería
Accion Solidaria para el Desarrollo
El Grupo de Formación e Intervención para el Desarrollo Sostenible
Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales (CEPES)
Grupo de Análisis para el Desarrollo (GRADE)
Global Exchange: Freedom from Oil campaign
“The Freedom From Oil Campaign is working to end America's oil addiction, stop oil wars, and curb global warming by convincing the auto industry to dramatically improve fuel efficiency and eliminate vehicle greenhouse gas emissions.”
Observatorio Latinoamericano de Conflictos Ambientales
Área de seguimiento a las actividades mineras
Observatorio Socio Ambiental
Muqui (Red de propuesta y accion)
“Somos una red de instituciones nacionales y locales que buscamos promover el desarrollo sostenible, así como la ampliación y defensa de los derechos de las comunidades y poblaciones en áreas de influencia minero – metalúrgico. Nuestro trabajo considera procesos participativos con las organizaciones sociales y comunidades, tomando en cuenta sus problemáticas, propuestas e iniciativas.”
Gas, oil, and mining information
Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People
Oil Change International: The Price of Oil
“Campaigns to expose the true costs of oil and facilitate the coming transition towards clean energy. We are dedicated to identifying and overcoming political barriers to that transition.”
Oilwatch is a resistance network that opposes the activities of oil companies in tropical countries.
Oil Sands Truth
“Oil Sands Truth exists to disseminate information regarding the environmental, social and economic impacts of tar sands development projects being proposed and currently in progress.”
Tar Sands Watch (Polaris Institute)
Tar Sands watch is a part of the Polaris Institute. Polaris is designed to enable citizen movements to act for democratic social change on major public policy issues in an age of corporate driven globalization.
Oil Sands Watch
El Directorio Ecológico y Natural: Minería
“Nonprofit environmental organization with staff in Canada, the United States and Chile. Our mission is to protect Endangered Forests and wild places, wildlife, and human wellbeing”
Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth, Nigeria
“The organization is dedicated to the defense of human ecosystems in terms of human rights, and to the promotion of environmentally responsible governmental, commercial, community and individual practice in Nigeria through the empowerment of local people”
Stakeholder Democracy Network (SDN)
“Works to empower those that have been worst affected by the activities of extractive industries, to help them to get a better deal. SDN is piloting its approach in the Niger Delta working with local communities and civil society groups.”
EITI (Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative)
The EITI sets a global standard for companies to publish what they pay and for governments to disclose what they receive.
Revenue Watch Institute
“Promotes the responsible management of oil, gas and mineral resources for the public good. With effective revenue management, citizen engagement and increased transparency, natural resource wealth can drive development and national growth.”
The Council of Canadians
"Citizens organization", promote fair trade, clean water, energy security, public health care, & other social & economic issues.
An international network of civil society organisations promoting corporate accountability and responsibility.
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
"Tracking the positive and negative impacts of over 4000 companies worldwide"
Recommendations to the National Roundtable on Corporate Social Responsibility
Publication by Cory Wanless
International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM)
“A CEO-led industry group that addresses key priorities and emerging issues within the sector. It seeks to play a leading role by promoting good practice and improved performance internationally and across different commodities.”
Natural Resources Canada
Government policies regarding Canadian mining
Sociedad Nacional de Minería y Petroleo
Global Mine Info
Bebbington, Anthony. 2007. Minería, movimientos sociales y respuestas campesinas (ed.). Lima. Instituto de Estudios Peruanos.
North, Liisa, Timothy David Clark, Viviana Patroni (ed.) 2006. Community Rights and Corporate Responsibility: Canadian Mining and Oil Companies in Latin America.
Auty, R. 1993. Sustaining Development in Mineral Economies: The Resource Curse Thesis. Routledge, London.
Hamann, R., Woolman, S. and Sprague, C. (eds): The Business of Sustainable Development in Africa: Human Rights, Partnerships, and Alternative Business Models. Pretoria: Unisa Press.
Hamann, R. and Bezuidenhout, A.: “Corporate social responsibility in the South African mining sector” in D. Fig (ed.), Staking their Claim: Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility in South Africa. Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press.
Hamann, R.: “Mining companies’ role in sustainable development: the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of corporate social responsibility from a business perspective” in T. Clarke (ed), Corporate Governance: Critical Perspectives on Business and Management. London: Routledge.
Humphreys, Macartan, Jeffrey Sachs, and Joseph Stiglitz, eds. 2007. Escaping the Resource Curse. New York: Columbia University Press.
Kaldor, M., Karl, T., Said, Y. 2007. Oil Wars. London: Pluto Press.
Karl, Terry Lynn. 1997. The Paradox of Plenty: Oil Booms and Petro-States. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Kirsh, S. Forthcoming. Mining Capitalism: Indigenous Activism and the Politics of Ecological Destruction. Book m.s. in preparation.
Kirsch, S. 2003. Mining and Environmental Human Rights in Papua New Guinea. In Transnational Corporations and Human Rights, eds. G. J. Frynas and S. Pegg, 115–136. London: Palgrave.
Marsden, William. 2007. Stupid to the Last Drop: How Alberta is Bringing Environmental Armageddon to Canada. Toronto: Knopf.
Nikiforuk, Andrew. 2008. Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre.
O’Faircheallaigh, Ciaran. 2002. A New Model of Policy Evaluation: Mining and Indigenous People. Ashgate Press: Aldershot.
O’Faircheallaigh, Ciaran. 2008. Earth Matters: Indigenous Peoples, the Extractive Industries, and Corporate Social Responsibility. Greenleaf: Sheffield.
Sawyer, Suzana. 2004 Crude Chronicles: Indigenous Politics, Multinational Oil, and Neoliberalism in Ecuador. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Sawyer, Suzana. 2004 “Crude Properties: The Sublime and Slime of Oil Operations in The Ecuadorian Amazon” in Property in Question: Value Transformation in the Global Economy, Katherine Verdery and Caroline Humphrey, eds. Oxford: Berg Publishers.
Sawyer, Suzana. 2003 “Subterranean Techniques: Corporate Environmentalism, Oil Operations, and Social Injustice in the Ecuadorian Rain Forest” in In Search of the Rain Forest, Candace Slater ed. Duke University Press.
Szablowski, David. Transnational Law and Local Struggles: Mining, Communities and the World Bank (Hart 2007).
Watts, Michael. 2001. Petro-Violence: Community, Extraction, and Political Ecology of a Mythic Commodity. In Violent Environments, edited by N. L. Peluso and M. Watts. Ithaca: Cornell UP.
Urquhart, I. Forthcoming. A Costly Fix? Alberta's Tar Sands in an Oil-Addicted World. Toronto: Broadview.
ARTICLES & OTHER
Metals Mining and Sustainable Development in Central America: an Assessment of Benefits and Costs, Oxfam America, 2009. (See a related slide show here.)
State of Mine, special issue of the Dominion, Canada's grassroots news cooperative. November 2008.
Campbell, Bonnie (ed.) Regulating Mining in Africa: For whose Benefit?
Catherine Coumans et al, Framework for Responsible Mining: A Guide to Evolving Standards
Hamann, R. 2001. Mining in Paradise? Caught Between a Rock and Heavy Minerals on the Wild Coast, South Africa. Cultural Survival Quarterly, 25(1), 22-24.
Ibeanu, O. Oil, conflict and security in rural Nigeria: issues in the Ogoni crisis, African Association of Political Science, Occasional Paper, Vol. 1, No. 2, 1997.
Ibeanu, O. ‘(Sp)oils of politics: petroleum, politics and the illusion of development in the Niger Delta, Nigeria’, ACAS Bulletin, No. 64, Winter, 2002/2003.
Ibeanu, O. ‘Janus unbound: petro-business and petropolitics in the Niger Delta’, Review of African Political Economy, Vol. 29, Issue 91, March, 2002.
Imai, Shin et al. Breaching Indigenous Law: Canadian Mining in Guatemala.
Kirsch, S. 2002. Anthropology and Advocacy: A Case Study of the Campaign against the Ok Tedi Mine. Critique of Anthropology 22(2): 175–200.
Ross, Michael. 2001. Extractive Sectors and the Poor: Oxfam America.
Ross, Michael L. 1999. The Political Economy of the Resource Curse. World Politics 51 (2):297-322.
Rosser, Andrew. 2006. Escaping the Resource Curse. New Political Economy 11 (4):557-570.
Sachs, Jeffrey D., and Andrew M. Warner. 2001. The Curse of Natural Resources. European Economic Review 45:827-838.
Stevens, Paul. 2003. Resource Impact--Curse or Blessing? A Literature Survey. Dundee: IPIECA.
Watts, Michael. 2004. Resource Curse? Governmentality, Oil and Power in the Niger Delta, Nigeria. Geopolitics 9 (1):50-80.
Vlavianos, N. 2007. Key Shortcomings in Alberta's Regulatory Framework for Oil Sands Development. Resources (100).