Forging Sustainable Livelihoods in Resource Regions: A Tale of Three Continents


A Tale of Three Continents


Impact: Mining development offers both strong advantages and powerful difficulties to local communities in resource regions, particularly those adjacent to mining operations. Locals are often highly dependent on mining for employ- ment and economic development but this dependence comes with inevitable economic, social, environmental vulnerabilities and loss of livelihood options. If these communities are in developing contexts, the difficulties are exacerbated because of unequal access to political and economic resources, poor local governance, unbalanced access to resources, and often, low levels of education and skills (Franco, 2014). Yet, mining can also be a critical component of local development, particularly in the construction of sustainable livelihoods.