Mining and Indigenous peoples issues review

15 Jun 2005

This review provides a brief overview of Indigenous peoples issues faced by the mining industry as it seeks to gain access to land, carry out exploration and, if successful, develop and manage a mining operation. It aims to provide guidance on possible options in this area for the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) and the mining industry to contribute to. The review was commissioned by ICMM under the direction of its Community and Social Development Task Force. At the core of this review are results from a survey of ICMM corporate and association members on how they currently define the issues, the challenges they continue to face and the solutions available to them. Ten of the 15 member companies and four member associations participated in the survey; respondents included personnel with international policy responsibilities as well as country- or site-level managers and exploration personnel. Most of the comments from industry focused on experiences in Australia, Canada, Chile, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania and the United States. The results of the industry survey are compared to how other stakeholders define the issues, with priority given to Indigenous peoples and their organisations, but also more generally to development institutions and practitioners, nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), national governments and investors

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