Using the SWAP to connect water, human rights and mining

Woodley, Alan and Collins, Nina (2013). Using the SWAP to connect water, human rights and mining. In: IAIA13: Final Papers Reviewed. 33rd Annual Meeting of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA13), Calgary, Canada, (). 13-16 May 2013.

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Author Woodley, Alan
Collins, Nina
Title of paper Using the SWAP to connect water, human rights and mining
Conference name 33rd Annual Meeting of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA13)
Conference location Calgary, Canada
Conference dates 13-16 May 2013
Proceedings title IAIA13: Final Papers Reviewed
Place of Publication Fargo, ND, United States
Publisher International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA)
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
Total pages 6
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract/Summary It is important that industries’ water interactions respect the human right to water. Historically, within the mining industry there has been a disconnect between the management of sites’ internal water interactions and the consequences of their external impacts, including human rights impacts. This poses a challenge for the mining industry as it attempts to put the Ruggie Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights into practice, particularly as United Nations has recently recognised the human right to water. A technical framework such as the Minerals Council of Australia’s Water Accounting Framework (WAF) can help to bridge this disconnect and to integrate human rights considerations into business practice by connecting a site’s external and internal water interactions and by encouraging regular monitoring of performance. However, at present the connection is limited since the WAF lacks the capability to formalise a site’s social water context. This work presents the Social Water Assessment Protocol (SWAP), a scoping tool consisting of a set of questions organised into taxonomic themes that capture a site’s social water context and that can be combined with the WAF to better connect human rights with mine water interactions.
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Created: Fri, 30 Aug 2013, 11:28:14 EST by Alan Woodley on behalf of Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry