Social water assessment protocol: a step towards connecting mining, water and human rights

Collins, Nina and Woodley, Alan (2013) Social water assessment protocol: a step towards connecting mining, water and human rights. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 31 2: 158-167. doi:10.1080/14615517.2013.774717

Author Collins, Nina
Woodley, Alan
Title Social water assessment protocol: a step towards connecting mining, water and human rights
Journal name Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1461-5517
Publication date 2013-05-22
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14615517.2013.774717
Volume 31
Issue 2
Start page 158
End page 167
Total pages 10
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract The human right to water has recently been recognized by both the United Nations General Assembly and the Human Rights Council. As the mining industry interacts with water on multiple levels, it is important that these interactions respect the human right to water. Currently, a disconnect exists between mine site water management practices and the recognition of water from a human rights perspective. It has been argued that the Minerals Council of Australia Water Accounting Framework can be used to strengthen the connection between water management and human rights. This article extends this connection through the use of a Social Water Assessment Protocol (SWAP). The SWAP is a scoping tool consisting of a set of questions classified into taxonomic themes under leading topics with suggested sources of data that enable mine sites to better understand the local water context in which they operate. Three of the themes contained in the SWAP - gender, Indigenous peoples and health - are discussed to demonstrate how the protocol may be useful in assisting mining companies to consider their impacts on the human right to water.
Keyword Due diligence
Extractive industries
Human rights and business
Social impact assessment
Water management
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 22 May 2013.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry
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Created: Fri, 30 Aug 2013, 11:21:29 EST by Alan Woodley on behalf of Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry