Community Level Assessment of the Impact of Mining

Authors: Naomi Kinsella, Eddie Tanago, Roddy Mesa, Marjorie Warisaiho
Contributors/editors: Luis Sena Esteves, Renuka Nagaraj, Victoria Pratt, Olga Ruda
Layout and design: INSISTPress
Publisher: American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI)
Edition: 1st, February 2014 •Collation: 17x24cm; iii + 103 page


ABOUT CLAIM. Community Level Assessment of the Impact of Mining, or “CLAIM”, is a human rights assessment methodology developed by the Centre for Environmental Law and Community Rights (CELCOR), Live and Learn PNG, and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI).

CLAIM is a practical tool for use by organizations like CELCOR and Live and Learn to work with local communities to assess the human rights impact of mining projects, and identify remedies for mining-related harms. CLAIM is intended as a first step in providing longer-term support to mining-affected communities. CLAIM will produce a report detailing the positive and negative impacts of the mine, and possible strategies or remedies for the community to pursue depending upon their desired goal.

The manual content is based on visits that CELCOR and ABA ROLI made to mining affected communities and several workshops with environmental lawyers and civil society leaders. CELCOR and ABA ROLI would like to thank the people from Kwembu, Winima, Sam Sam, Sambio, Labu, and Markham who took the time to share their experiences. We are also grateful to the staff at the Mineral Resources Authority, the State Solicitor’s Office of the Department of Justice and Attorney General, the Department of Petroleum and Energy, and the Department of Mineral Policy and Geo-Hazard Management for meeting with the CELCOR-ABA ROLI project team and sharing their knowledge about the mining and oil and gas industries; as well as to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Strategies Group for sharing their expertise on human rights and business. Additionally, we thank all CELCOR, Live and Learn, Eco-Forestry Forum, and Greenpeace staff whose knowledge of local law, environmental activism and community mobilization helped create this manual.

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