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Mineral Resource Dilemma: How to Balance the Interests of Government, Local Communities and Abiotic Nature

License Department, LLC Intergeo Managing Company, Moscow 125009, Russia
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(9), 8632-8644; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph110908632
Received: 5 May 2014 / Revised: 15 August 2014 / Accepted: 15 August 2014 / Published: 25 August 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Gender and Geoethics in the Geosciences)
It is noted that over the last few years the implementation of several mineral exploration, development and mining projects has been suspended and even completely stopped due to resistance from local communities. The key concerns of local residents typically include perceived or real impact of mining enterprises on the environment, unfair distribution of profits from mining and exploration activities, insufficient contributions to local government budgets and lack of transparency regarding ultimate ownership of companies conducting exploration and mining. The article looks at social conflicts of this kind and suggests some alternative solutions that could prevent such conflicts at the stage of granting exploration and mining rights. View Full-Text
Keywords: mineral resource dilemma; governments; subsoil users; local communities; abiotic nature; environment; social conflicts mineral resource dilemma; governments; subsoil users; local communities; abiotic nature; environment; social conflicts
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Nikitina, N. Mineral Resource Dilemma: How to Balance the Interests of Government, Local Communities and Abiotic Nature. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 8632-8644.

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