Can planning safeguard against mining and resettlement risks?

Owen, John R. and Kemp, Deanna (2016) Can planning safeguard against mining and resettlement risks?. Journal of Cleaner Production, 133 1227-1234. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.05.165

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Author Owen, John R.
Kemp, Deanna
Title Can planning safeguard against mining and resettlement risks?
Journal name Journal of Cleaner Production   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0959-6526
Publication date 2016-10-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.05.165
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 133
Start page 1227
End page 1234
Total pages 8
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 2105 Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
2300 Environmental Science
1408 Strategy and Management
2209 Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Abstract This article explores whether a more responsible form of planning can be applied to resettlement in mining. The authors focus initially on existing international safeguard policies and performance standards. Embedded in these institutional mechanisms is an assumption that when key elements of a displacement are known, the timing, nature and intensity of the resettlement event can be forecast and planned for. The assumption that mining companies can and will effect a planned resettlement has carried over into the corporate policy statements of many mining companies and peak industry bodies. A key issue that is often overlooked is the difficulty that mining companies face in determining their land requirements for life-of-mine. The authors conclude that planning mechanisms for mining resettlements hold potential for safeguarding against major displacement risks. They also argue that this potential is challenged by an industrial context that is inherently volatile, where future land acquisition is difficult to predict, and where the degree to which planning is able to serve as a protective mechanism for project-affected people is a critical outstanding question.
Keyword Social safeguards
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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