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Earth Institute Research Projects

EIA and Human Rights Fact-Finding in the Porgera Watershed

Lead PI: Joshua D. Fisher

Unit Affiliation: Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4)

January 2015 - June 2019
Inactive
Oceania ; Papua New Guinea
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: This project has assessed the impacts of mining and environmental contamination for communities and ecosystems in the Porgera Valley.

OUTCOMES: Knowledge generated for stakeholders of Porgera gold mine.

SPONSOR:

Earth Institute, AC4, Columbia University Human Rights Law Clinic

RESEARCH TEAM:

Tess Russo, Sarah Knuckey

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY COLLABORATORS:

Columbia University Human Rights Clinic

EXTERNAL COLLABORATORS:

Penn State University

WEBSITE:

https://www.climate-diplomacy.org/news/water-insecurity-climate-change-exacerbates-tensions-between-companies-and-communities

PUBLICATIONS:

Journal Article on Arsenic Mobilization (under review)

KEYWORDS

fisheries water mining resource management

THEMES

Stewardship of the planet

RELATED ARTICLES

Jul 04, 2019

By: Ricky Stanley

As the Post mentioned, the whole rivers, creeks, lakes and even the rain water are all in acidity. Every year , people living in porgera a suffering of different types of illnesses. The only reason that bring the diseases is only the matter of Acidified water that people a drinking with. If the "Mine" wants to do a better mining !! And do good to the people of the Porgera, they should build a Dam for the Porgera , just to help the people. Comments: Ricky Yako Stanley.

Mar 15, 2019

By: S Y Narayanan

It is sad to find that even the world’s smallest population density country like PNG is subject to water contamination by way of pollution of rivers with mine waste disposed of by careless industrial units forcing the residents to suffer scarcity of potable water