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Maximizing the impact of mining investment in water infrastructure for local communities

Admiraal, R., Sequeira, A.R., McHenry, M.P. and Doepel, D. (2017) Maximizing the impact of mining investment in water infrastructure for local communities. The Extractive Industries and Society, 4 (2). pp. 240-250.

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Mining activities requiring the development of new or expansion of existing water infrastructure provide an opportunity to benefit local communities with limited access to clean water. Mining companies have commonly assisted water service provision to communities as part of their mining concession or through corporate social responsibility programs. In addition to the water infrastructure provided to local communities, the accompanying capacity building, infrastructure governance, and the consultation process all have notable impacts not only on the sustainability of the water infrastructure, but also the level of benefit to communities. Using recent Australian Government funded water and sanitation interventions along the Nacala Economic Corridor (Mozambique) as a case study, we provide an examination of how mining companies can most effectively ensure the delivery of sustainable water infrastructure to local communities.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Information Technology
Publisher: Elsevier
Copyright: © 2017 Elsevier Ltd.
United Nations SDGs: Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
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