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Mining and Ship Breaking


To study the links between the increased metabolism of the economy and environmental damage, EJOLT looks at mining conflicts (of precious metals & bulk materials) and waste disposal conflicts (ship breaking, e-waste exports and waste incineration). Local communities occupying ‘priceless sites’ oppose mining in ecologically sensitive areas (such as Intag, Ecuador) or certain technological practices, such as the use of cyanide, and other corporate practices. We shall elaborate on risk assessment and undertake work to publicize violations of the Basel Treaty on the export of toxic waste (such as European ships dismantled in Alang and Sosiya, India). We will conduct a legal analysis of liability regimes in national, international and European laws.

Sharing of landmark cases on mining and ship-breaking conflicts worldwide will help us to elaborate online training materials. Our aim is to have a debate on the health risks and ecosystem destruction that come with resource extraction. In the end we will develop strategies for legal redress and public consultation in ways that take local activist knowledge into account.

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‘The Greek state has nothing to gain but environmental cost from the investment’

By Nick Meynen and Stavroula Poulimeni. (For part 1 of this longread: click here) The Greek mining company Hellas Gold pays both the police of the Halkidiki region and private security guards …

Greek goldrush shows that Panamapapers are tip of the iceberg

By Nick Meynen and Stavroula Poulimeni. Greece is rich, if you just add up the billions which the gold in Greek soil is worth. Yet hospitals close, TB and malaria come …

Latest Mining and Ship Breaking Resources

Talvivaara Mine Environmental Disaster

Introduction Talvivaara Mining Company Plc. established in 2004 and acquired permits to commence nickel mining in the Sotkamo area of Eastern Finland (Figures 1 and 2). Metals production commenced in 2008 …

Land overexploitation in the quarries of the Baix Camp region in Catalonia

Introduction   The extraction of aggregates and other subsurface minerals as an economic activity generates significant environmental impacts – on the local environment and biodiversity, on the landscape, on traditional economic activities …