Using the SWAP to connect water, human rights and mining

Woodley, Alan & Collins, Nina (2013) Using the SWAP to connect water, human rights and mining. In Scott-Brown, Miles & Roberts, Richard (Eds.) International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA) 2013 Reviewed Papers, Calgary, Canada.

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It is important that industries’ water interactions respect the human right to water. Historically, within the mining industry there has been a disconnect between the management of sites’ internal water interactions and the consequences of their external impacts, including human rights impacts. This poses a challenge for the mining industry as it attempts to put the Ruggie Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights into practice, particularly as United Nations has recently recognised the human right to water. A technical framework such as the Minerals Council of Australia’s Water Accounting Framework (WAF) can help to bridge this disconnect and to integrate human rights considerations into business practice by connecting a site’s external and internal water interactions and by encouraging regular monitoring of performance. However, at present the connection is limited since the WAF lacks the capability to formalise a site’s social water context. This work presents the Social Water Assessment Protocol (SWAP), a scoping tool consisting of a set of questions organised into taxonomic themes that capture a site’s social water context and that can be combined with the WAF to better connect human rights with mine water interactions.

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ID Code: 74583
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: NB Proceedings for this conference were only available online
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Keywords: Human Rights, Mining, Social Water Assessment Protocol, Water Accounting, Impact Assessment
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200) > Environmental Impact Assessment (050204)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Applied Sociology Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment (160801)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Please consult the authors
Deposited On: 30 Jul 2014 22:55
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2014 01:18

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