Desperately seeking legitimacy: Reducing the social impacts of extractives in PNG

The people of Papua New Guinea have a complex and varied relationship with the predominantly transnational extractive industry in PNG. At a national scale, the industry is as famous for it’s highs, with the wealth generated by extractives evident in Port Moresby, and for its lows, evi
Read More

Poison or poverty? Glencore’s blackmail of Borroloola

Panic has set in for the global resource sector with a sharp commodities slump bringing some of the world’s biggest mining companies to the brink of financial collapse. In Australia, Glencore, one of the world’s largest and fastest growing diversified commodity traders, has been hit h
Read More

Hidden Valley Mine – MPI Report – Tok Pisin Summary

As bilong ripot Dispela em i ripot blong we maining bin bagarapim sindaun bilong ol lain blong Wara Watut long Morobe Provins, Papua Niugini. Olsem i gat wankian ripot i stap long planti ol arapela main displa bai stap olosem ripot tu blong maining industri blong Papua Niugini. Ol efe
Read More
Gavin addresses the community at Galawau

Hidden Valley – Watut River Communities, MMJV and mining

Hidden Valley (documentary) from Mineral Policy Institute on Vimeo. A people speak out for their river, and for their future The Hidden Valley gold and silver mine in the Morobe Province is affecting communities living along the Watut River, a long and fast-flowing river in the lush m
Read More

Increasing transparency and accountability for Woodlark Island

In February’s Mining Monitor, MPI outlined a proposed and potentially damaging mine on Woodlark Island in Papua New Guinea, highlighting a number of potential ecological and social impacts. Part of MPI’s work is to make information about such projects available and accessible, recogni
Read More

A new mine for Woodlark island?

MPI will be focusing on Woodlark Island in 2015 due to concerns raised by communities about mining impacts, especially from the disposal of mine waste into the sea, and the poor transparency record of the proponent, Kula Gold. In this first of a series of articles, we provide a basic
Read More

Draft Bouganville Mining Bill

From the draft bill – who owns the minerals is always going to be a contentious issue! Division 2 – Ownership of minerals 9.    MINERALS CEASE TO BE PROPERTY OF THE STATE OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA All minerals existing on, in or below the surface of land in the Autonomous Region of Bo
Read More

OceanaGold and El Salvador

Scars of civil war still fresh in the country’s social landscape. After years of civil war El Salvador remains a fragile country both politically and economically. With a geographical territory a third the size of Tasmania, a population of 6.2 million and scare water resources, the co
Read More