Resources

Welcome to the resources page. Search for information by country, theme or resource type by using the boxes below.

Vanuatu Government must walk with its people on WTO decision ‐ PCC

30 Nov 2011

Pacific Conference of Churches media release on the governments attempts to stifle protests over Vanuatu-WTO accession

Read more

Occupying Spaces Created by Conflict : Anthropologists, Development NGOs, Responsible Investment, and Mining

19 Nov 2011

Catherine Coumans. Regulators, investors, and communities are increasingly aware of the potential environmental and social harm associated with open-pit mining projects. Local-level conflict is now commonly associated with proposed and operating mines as community members struggle to protect economic and social values of importance to them, to assert the right to refuse a mine, or to advance claims on mining companies for damages. In response, mining companies seek partnerships to help them secure a so-called social license to operate and manage risk to reputation. This essay examines the role of anthropologists, development organizations, and socially responsible investment companies in the context of conflicts between indigenous Ipili and the Porgera Joint Venture gold mine in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. In dialogue with the mine, these corporate engagement actors define the problems to be addressed and implement solutions that may impede the agency of the Ipili by not reflecting and advancing Ipili claims on the mine, providing information and advice regarding the community to the company (where it often becomes proprietary), lending legitimacy to corporate social responsibility strategies, and remaining silent about the environmental and human rights abuses to which they become privy.

Read more

Do indigenous peoples benefit from 'development'?

12 Nov 2011

We need to think about whether development brings any benefits to those who are largely self-sufficient – like many of the world's 150 million tribal people

Read more

Out of our depth: Mining the sea floor in Papua New Guinea

1 Nov 2011

Canadian mining company Nautilus Minerals Inc. (Nautilus) is set to embark on the unprecedented extraction of metals from the sea floor. The mining project, known as the Solwara 1 project, will extract gold and copper from the floor of the Bismarck Sea in Papua New Guinea. It is the first of a potentially large number of deep sea mining projects within the Pacific Region, including others in the Solwara area.

Attached files

Read more

Listening to the Impacts of the PNG LNG Project

1 Nov 2011

The PNG LNG Project, operated by ExxonMobil subsidiary Esso Highlands Limited, is predicted to double Papua New Guinea’s gross domestic product and result in significant social and economic change — both positive and negative.

Attached files

Read more

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya. The situation of Kanak people in New Caledonia, France

14 Oct 2011

The Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, conducted an official visit to New Caledonia, a sui generis collectivity of France, from 6 to 13 February 2011, where he visited North Province and South Province on the main island of New Caledonia, as well as Loyalty Islands Province.

Attached files

Read more

Land and Power

22 Sep 2011

The new wave of land deals is not the new investment in agriculture that millions had been waiting for. The poorest people are being hardest hit as competition for land intensifies. Oxfam’s research has revealed that residents regularly lose out to local elites and domestic or foreign investors because they lack the power to claim their rights effectively and to defend and advance their interests.

Read more

Numalin Mahana speaks on land in Vanuatu

16 Sep 2011

Numalin Mahana speaks on land in Vanuatu (Mele village, Efate island, Vanuatu, June 2010)

Read more

Chief Selwyn on land in Vanuatu

1 Aug 2011

Chief Selwyn Garu speaks on customary land in Vanuatu and the problems brought about by attempts to commercialise it.

Read more

Pages