We are conducting a range of activities under the auspices of the Consortium. The work involves actively building a mining and resettlement database, commissioned studies, and other research activities and collaborations. We continue to publish our outputs in the public domain.
The program of work for 2018 is currently under discussion with the Industry Working Group.
Continued work on the MIDR e-Library. The MIDR e-Library serves as an online repository of public mining and resettlement literature. The library is fully searchable, and includes tools for visualisation of its content by country, company, commodity, lifecycle and other key indicators. As we come across materials, we continue to add to the library database.
Chairing the Independent Panel of Observers at the Porgera mine.
The Panel’s function is to observe project activities associated with the PJV pilot off-lease resettlement project, engage with project stakeholders, and to report on key developments as the company, government and landowner stakeholders attempt to progress the pilot project. The public reports are available here
Nottingham University collaboration.
Consortium funds are supporting the work of a Postdoctoral GIS scholar as part of a small research collaboration with Nottingham University, focused on understanding the relationship between land cover change over life of mine and displacement/resettlement. The first output, a mini “learning tool”, is available on the CSRM YouTube channel
Building the global database of resettlement events. We have expanded our database on resettlement events from 41 records to more than 200 records. The purpose of the database is to develop a repository of resettlement cases so that we can benchmark events using key indicators. We are in incorporating the data into the Kumu visualisation platform and SPSS.
Mining, resettlement and livelihoods. We are authoring an industry paper addressing the policy and practice gaps regarding livelihood frameworks and food security in mining-induced displacement and resettlement.
Rio Tinto global practitioner workshop. As part of their commitment to the Consortium, Rio Tinto asked CSRM to convene and facilitate a global workshop on mining and resettlement practice, in August 2017. The session shared and documented internal knowledge and experience about resettlement from across the company.
Scholars symposium on human migration and the global mining industry. The Symposium was be hosted by CSRM in August 2017. It provided a forum for exchange between international scholars actively publishing at the nexus of resettlement and in-migration. The Symposium provided the foundation for a special issue in a high ranking peer reviewed journal.