“Anthropological and legal aspects of industrial development impact assessment”
- Organisers: Arktis graduate scho
ol, Arctic Centre NIEM and Anthropology Research Team
- Time: 19 December 2011
- Place: Arctic Centre, Rovaniemi, Finland
- Registration abstract submission, travel, logistsics and practical organisation: tahnee.prior[at]gmail.com
- Deadline for abstracts: 7.12
The anthropology research team in Rovaniemi together with the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law gratefully acknowledges support by the Arktis graduate school in organizing a one-day seminar just before Christmas, 19.12. We will have two Russian experts on this topic from Salekhard and Yakutsk, respectively, and our expert on South America, professor Rene Kuppe from Vienna joining us.
All are most welcome to the seminar. If you want to present a paper, please send an abstract as early as possible, but not later than 7.12.2011 to fstammle(at)ulapland.fi, anbd to tahnee.prior(at)gmail.com). Tahnee Prior is in charge of travel arrangements and overall logistics for the seminar so please contact her if you need more info on these.
From the Arctic to the tropics – industry advances to ever remoter areas in the search to satisfy the thirst for resources in the global economy. However strong the talks about climate change and alternative energies may be, in the closer future still fossile resources will remain the mainstay of economic development. This focused one day seminar will bring experts from social sciences (mainly anthropology) and legal scholarship together to comparatively analyse the principles in which impacts of industrial development can be studied and regulated. The remoter the locations for possible resource extraction, the more frequently is a marginalised population in the periphery and a vulnerable natural environment affected. As a result, the benefits often go to the centres, while the costs remain in the periphery. Specialists in the field of impact analysis and legislation will introduce lessons learned from their respective cases in the Arctic and South America. Discussion is encouraged to focus on ways, instruments and tools to ensure that extractive industrial activity in remote areas brings benefits for the people living there and is less costly for the environment.