Breaking New Ground: Mining, Minerals and Sustainable by Linda Starke

By Linda Starke

Analyzes the various wishes and hazards of all these affected and the problems of provide and insist for minerals in the course of the global. bargains a version that different industries can persist with. Softcover. CD-ROM integrated.

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However, as science, and the knowledge it generates, is constantly evolving, so is understanding of what might be ‘best’ for biodiversity conservation and hence where protected areas might best be located. The biodiversity of the deep seas was previously thought to be impoverished, for instance, but recent research has found it to be more complex even than comparable terrestrial fauna, with high rates of endemism. A good example is the Caribbean – which was initially excluded from Conservation International’s ranking exercise in 1990 – but a decade later was listed as one of the three highest ranking ‘biodiversity hotspots’ in the world.

For instance, there have been incidents where mining concessions have been granted, and the subsequent passing of new legislation has then restricted access to these areas (see Box 11). This can lead to very serious disputes. Establishing effective land-use planning regimes is, therefore, often a highly sensitive and complex exercise that requires considerable skill, time and resources. ROOM TO MANOEUVRE? 41 BOX 11 Harmonizing policy, planning and legislation in Indonesia In Indonesia, the enactment of Forestry Law No 41 prohibited any open-pit mining activity in any forest reserve.

Possible next steps i) There is need to inventorize, ‘codify’ and disseminate best practice and standards. This could be done by pulling together an inventory and compendium of all existing relevant best practice documents, guidelines, standards and partnership experiences. This could be presented in an easily accessible clearing-house type arrangement. iii) There is now a need to focus on the development of policy and institutional incentives that will encourage implementation of better practice.

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