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Sam Spiegel’s report on Tanzanian mining policies published by United Nations

CAS Lecturer Sam Spiegel recently completed a study on Tanzanian small-scale mining policies and rural inequality, the main findings of which have just been published online by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

This study, which was commissioned by UNEP, examines recent national mining policy reforms, rural livelihood dynamics and the participation of poorer gold mining communities in institutional processes in Geita District, in the north of Tanzania.

The study’s findings highlight the importance of adapting institutional strategies and support services to address diverse sets of concerns about resource management, social marginalization and legal exclusion in artisanal mining communities. A short 10-page synopsis of the study’s findings is available now online as part of a series of case studies published by UNEP: http://new.unep.org/hazardoussubstances/Portals/9/Mercury/Documents/ASGM/Formalization_ARM/Case%20Studies%20Compendium%20Sept%2015%202011.pdf

The study is being used as part of an ongoing global knowledge-exchange process facilitated by multiple United Nations organizations to support governments in developing environmental policies, mining policies and capacity-building strategies. Along with Sam Spiegel’s case study on Tanzania, four other case studies (on Uganda, Peru, Mongolia and Ecuador - by other authors) are currently being circulated to governments around the world for comments in advance of the next round of global environmental treaty negotiations at the United Nations.

The full version of the study will be published in 2012.

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