Social water assessment protocol : a step towards connecting mining, water and human rights

Collins, Nina & Woodley, Alan (2013) Social water assessment protocol : a step towards connecting mining, water and human rights. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 31(2), pp. 158-167.

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The human right to water has recently been recognised by both the United Nations General Assembly and the Human Rights Council. As the mining industry interacts with water on multiple levels, it is important that these interactions respect the human right to water. Currently, a disconnect exists between mine site water management practices and the recognition of water from a human rights perspective. The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) Water Accounting Framework (WAF) has previously been used to strengthen the connection between water management and human rights. This article extends this connection through the use of a Social Water Assessment Protocol (SWAP). The SWAP is scoping tool consisting of a set of questions classified into taxonomic themes under leading topics with suggested sources of data that enable mine sites to better understand the local water context in which they operate. Three of the themes contained in the SWAP – gender, Indigenous peoples and health – are discussed to demonstrate how the protocol may be useful in assisting mining companies to consider their impacts on the human right to water.

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ID Code: 75045
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Published online: 22 May 2013
Keywords: human rights and business , extractive industries, social impact assessment, water management, due diligence
DOI: 10.1080/14615517.2013.774717
ISSN: 1461-5517
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200) > Environmental Management (050205)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > RESOURCES ENGINEERING AND EXTRACTIVE METALLURGY (091400)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > APPLIED ETHICS (220100) > Human Rights and Justice Issues (220104)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Taylor and Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal on 22 May 2013, available online at:
Deposited On: 14 Aug 2014 00:48
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2014 07:32

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