Uranium mining and indigenous peoples: the role of SIA

Graetz, Geordan (2012). Uranium mining and indigenous peoples: the role of SIA. In: IAIA12: Final Papers Reviewed. 32nd Annual Meeting of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA12), Centro de Congresso da Alfândega, Porto, Portugal, (). 27 May - 1 June 2012.

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Author Graetz, Geordan
Title of paper Uranium mining and indigenous peoples: the role of SIA
Conference name 32nd Annual Meeting of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA12)
Conference location Centro de Congresso da Alfândega, Porto, Portugal
Conference dates 27 May - 1 June 2012
Proceedings title IAIA12: Final Papers Reviewed
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Fully published paper
Total pages 6
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
As nuclear energy production increases, so too must the supply of nuclear fuel. Uranium is the principal fuel used for nuclear electricity generation, but there are a number of impediments to its successful extraction. These include government regulation, bans on uranium mining and exploration, and environmental, waste management and nuclear proliferation concerns. While substantial bodies of literature on these issues, as well as mechanisms to reduce and monitor environmental impacts, exist, less is known about the affects of community opposition to uranium developments, particularly from indigenous peoples. This is an area of study that is important to uranium companies, as increasingly developments are contingent on the obtainment of a social licence to operate.

The paper will provide a brief overview of the uranium industry’s engagement with indigenous peoples in Australia, which has principally been characterised by conflict and failed developments. Subsequently, it will argue that by placing greater emphasis on social risk and social impact assessment, thereby responding to the needs and concerns of local populations, uranium companies may be able to negotiate increased access to land and thus gain greater access to uranium deposits. It is also apparent that respect for human rights is crucial to the success of uranium developments and one means of incorporating human rights into the decision-making of uranium companies it to undertake human rights impact assessments. The paper concludes with an examination of developments in this area.
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Additional Notes Conference theme: Energy Future: The Role of Impact Assessment

Document type: Conference Paper
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Created: Wed, 08 May 2013, 21:01:28 EST by Geordan Graetz on behalf of Sustainable Minerals Institute