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Large Mines And The Community: Socioeconomic And Environmental Effects In Latin America, Canada, And Spain

by Gary Mcmahon And Felix Remy

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For centuries, communities have been founded or shaped based upon their access to natural resources and today, in our globalizing world, major natural resource developments are spreading to more remote areas. Mining operations are a good example: they have a profound impact on local communities and are often the first industry in a remote region. However, whereas an enormous amount has been written about the macroeconomic effects of the mining industry, there has been practically no in-depth analysis of the comprehensive effects of large mines on their host communities, especially in developing countries. In this book, researchers from Bolivia, Chile, and Peru present and analyze the environmental, cultural, and socioeconomic effects of large mining operations in their respective countries, as well as the processes that led to the observed effects. It presents a case study of the longest continually operating mine in the world – the Almadén mercury mine in Spain. It also presents an overview of the experience of mining communities in Canada, one of the most important mining countries of the 20th century. A synthesis chapter draws together recommendations for best practice, intended to provide guidance to communities, companies and governments for future and ongoing mining and other natural resource developments.

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Gary McMahon is a principal economist with the Global Development Network. He has worked at the World Bank since 1996, primarily on issues related to social and environmental sustainability and research capacity building in developing countries. Felix Remy is a principal mining specialist with the World Bank, where he has managed and advised the sector reform programs of Bolivia, Ghana, Mexico, Mongolia, and Peru and has led sector reviews and advisory work in Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Nigeria, and Romania. Dr Remy led the Latin American Mining Strategy Study, an in-depth review of sector policies and reform in Latin America, which has been used by the World Bank as the road map for mining reform in all regions of the world since its publication in 1996.



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