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Part 1: The Imperative of Change

1. Breaking New Ground The 'long petal of sea, wine and snow' Pangue, the Bio-Bio and the Performance Standards The Global Mining Initiative The Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development Project Part 2: The Markers of Change 2. Rights People and their place Saltwater, freshwater Beds are burning The Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights Protect, Respect, Remedy Free, Prior and Informed Consent 3. Environment Sirloin and sausages Marinduque and Marcopper Collapse Paste The International Cyanide Management Code Climate, water and energy Biodiversity and rehabilitation Quicksilver and the Virgin Mary Onto the agenda 4. Development Sudbury to Sewell An agent of social development? Backward, forward The Africa Mining Vision The Social Way The Sustainable Resource Communities Policy The bird-poo war La Tirana and The Esmeralda Development-relevant 5. Conflict Near and far The belligerent's best friend Fatal Transactions 'Big Hole' and the de Beer brothers The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme The legacy of blood diamonds Community rising The costs of company-community conflict Getting to the table 6. Transparency Dirty deals, done dirt-cheap A crude awakening The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative The Natural Resource Charter A mandatory standard after all Part 3: The Agents of Change 7. Mountain Movers The bald mountain A governance 'ecosystem' Inside-out Outside-in The theatre of agency Conclusion: The mines are they a-changin'?

About the Author

Daniel M. Franks is Deputy Director at the Centre for Social Responsibility of Mining at the University of Queensland's Sustainable Minerals Institute, Australia, and serves as Co-Chair for Social Impact Assessment at the International Association for Impact Assessment.


"A sobering and powerful account... Mountain Movers beautifully and dispassionately takes us through the shades and colorations of mining, the paradoxes confronting the sector, the motivations for change, the unattended frustrations, the mountains still to climb, and the gains achieved so far." - Antonio Pedro, Spearhead of the Africa Mining Vision and Director, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Sub-Regional Office for Eastern Africa.

"Expansive and compelling, Franks delves into the heart of industry change - and finds that it is the people. A blueprint for the next necessary wave of extractive industry reform." - Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General, Pacific Islands Forum and Former Vice-President & Compliance Advisor Ombudsman, World Bank Group.

"Mountain Movers documents the important progress made in recent years in the global mining industry and the urgent and continuing need for further reform." - Keith Slack, Global Program Manager, Extractive Industries, Oxfam America.

"The narrative is engrossing and enlivened by the author's first-hand accounts of visits to remote regions- some, but not all, in mountain areas-and his conversations with key actors and "movers" in the mining and petroleum industries. Although "many in the industry have been slow to recognize that the extraction of resources is as much a 'social project' as a technical one" (pp 103-104), remarkable progress has been accomplished since the Global Mining Initiative was formulated 20 years ago. In conclusion, Franks reflects positively on these achievements while urging that there is still much to do." - Norman R. Moles, School of Environment and Technology, University of Brighton, Brighton

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