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SOCIAL IMPACTS

EXPERT REPORT ON THE FRIEDA RIVER LIMITED – SEPIK DEVELOPMENT PROJECT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (EIS)

Summary: Social Impact Assessment (SIA)

Richard Barcham

  • The process employed by the proponents is not adequate to the task of assessing social impacts of this magnitude. The basic proposition that the social effects of a project of this enormous scale and complexity can be known and mitigated by good planning and social programs is false.
    • The words “consent” and ”social licence”, two fundamental principles for social impact are not mentioned in relevant sections of the EIS. It is clear that informed consent has not been achieved. Given the wide ranging impacts of this large scale development, this is not adequate.
      • All the risks/impacts on local communities identified in the EIS are rated as medium or above “post mitigation”. The cumulative impact of these risks does not appear to have been considered, and will be significant.
        • The scale of the project, and the cumulative social risk it represents, make the social risks uncontrollable; and this uncontrollable risk is generated by the project, not the people.
          • This change in the social structure, to an industrial society with uncontrollable risk, has the consequence of damaging Sepik people’s cultural identity and autonomy.
            • More risk is the same as society having less security. As people feel less secure, uncontrollable conflict, violence and poor individual mental health increase (Barcham 2012:170).

            EXPERT REPORTS ON THE FRIEDA RIVER LIMITED - SEPIK DEVELOPMENT PROJECT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (EIS)

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            01. AQUATIC ECOLOGY

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            02. ECONOMICS

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            03. MANAGEMENT PLANS

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            04. GENERAL IMPACTS

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            05. GEOLOGICAL & SOCIAL

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            06. GROUNDWATER

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            07. HEALTH

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            OTHER SUBMISSIONS

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            “FRIEDA RIVER IS A MINING PROJECT THE LIKES OF WHICH PNG HAS NEVER SEEN – IT IS THE SIZE OF THE REST OF THE PNG MINING INDUSTRY COMBINED … THE CHALLENGES OF MANAGING TAILINGS, WASTE ROCK AND WATER POLLUTION ARE IMMENSE, AND THE COMMON AND OFTEN SYSTEMIC FAILURES AT PNG MINES TO DATE DO NOT BODE WELL FOR CLAIMS THAT FRIEDA RIVER CAN BE DEVELOPED RESPONSIBLY …”

            Gavin Mudd, Associate Professor at RMIT University

            SAVE THE SEPIK CAMPAIGN

            LIFE ON THE SEPIK

            The Sepik region is one of the most culturally and biodiverse areas on the planet

            FRIEDA RIVER MINE

            One of the largest known copper and gold deposits in the world

            WORLD HERITAGE

            Nominating the Sepik regions rich cultural heritage for World Heritage listing

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            Take Action and Solidarity to call for the Rejection of the Frieda River mine

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