Countering Development Creating “New Poverty”

President Downing completes report on Kosovo lignite mine.

The Government of Kosovo is taking preparatory actions to involuntarily displace over 7000 people to make way for an open pit lignite mine as part of the Kosovo Power Project (KPP). Ted was invited by Kosovo Civil Society to determine whether this preparation comply with the international involuntary resettlement standards (OP 4.12, PS5, PR5, OECD, and Equator Principles) that must be met for the project to obtain international financing? This report finds it does not.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 23 April 2014)

Spanish Translation of MMDA

The Mining Law Committee of the International Bar Association released a Spanish translation of the Model Mining Development Agreement which is now available at The translation was undertaken by Chilean lawyer Maria de los Angeles Perez and the translation review was done by Quinzio & Cia Abogados in Santiago, Chile. Please contact Marketa Zubkova, with any comments or questions.

Last Updated (Monday, 17 June 2013)

Cultural Survival

Tsilhqot’in Nation is again battling Vancouver-based Taseko Mines Limited which plans an open pit gold and copper mine with a tailing Pond two kilometers upstream from Teztan Biny. For more information, see Cultural Survival’s website.

Last Updated (Thursday, 6 June 2013)

Harper in Peru: What Media Failed to Report

Forwarded by committee member, Tobi, this article takes a look at mining agreements between Peru and Canada.


Last Updated (Thursday, 6 June 2013)