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Regulation of Extractive Industries

Community Engagement in the Arctic, 1st Edition

Edited by Rachael Lorna Johnstone, Anne Merrild Hansen


302 pages

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This book intends to inform the key participants in extractive projects – namely, the communities, the host governments and the investors – about good practice for effective community engagement, based on analysis of international standards and expectations, lessons from selected case-studies and innovations in public participation.

The extent of extractive industries varies widely around the Arctic as do governmental and social attitudes towards resource development. Whilst most Arctic communities are united in seeking investment to fund education, healthcare, housing, transport and other essential services, as well as wanting to benefit from improved employment and business opportunities, they have different views as to the role that extractive industries should play in this. Within each community, there are multiple perspectives and the goal of public participation is to draw out these perspectives and seek consensus. Part I of the book analyses the international standards that have emerged in recent years regarding public participation, in particular, in respect of indigenous peoples. Part II presents six case studies that aim to identify both good and bad practices and to reflect upon the distinct conditions, needs, expectations, strategies and results for each community examined. Part III explores the importance of meaningful participation from a corporate perspective and identifies some common themes that require consideration if Arctic voices are to shape extractive industries in Arctic communities.

In drawing together international law and standards, case studies and examples of good practice, this anthology is a timely and invaluable resource for academics, legal advisors and those working in resource development and public policy.

Table of Contents

Contributor Biographies

Table of Abbreviations and acronyms

Chapter One- Introduction

Chapter Two- Indigenous rights and resource development in the Arctic: an overview of international standards and principles for consultation, participation and consent

Chapter Three- What is required for Free, Prior and Informed Consent and where does it apply?

Chapter Four- Meaningful stakeholder engagement as an aspect of risk-based due diligence between the economy, politics and law: the constitutive role of the Business & Human Rights regime

Chapter Five- Youth as a Resources in Extractive Industry Decision-Making Processes: a Case Study using Social Media and Visual Methods to Engage Young Greenlanders

Chapter Six- Comparative expectations of resource development in selected Greenland communities

Chapter Seven- „Our consent was taken for granted." A relational justice perspective on participation of Komi people in oil development in northern Russia

Chapter Eight- Local views on oil development in a village on the North Slope of Alaska

Chapter Nine- Land Claims Agreements in Canada and the promise of enhanced participation

Chapter Ten- Participation in a Small Archipelago: the Shetland negotiations

Chapter Eleven- The relationship between host government contracts for oil and gas activities and public participation

Chapter Twelve- Achieving Excellence in Public Participation and Consultation

Chapter Thirteen- Arctic Voices: Strategies for Community Engagement

About the Editors

Rachael Lorna Johnstone is adjunct professor of law at Ilisimatusarfik (University of Greenland) and professor of law at the University of Akureyri, Iceland. Anne Merrild Hansen is professor of social science and director of the PhD school at Ilisimatusarfik and professor in planning and impact assessment in the Arctic at Aalborg University, Denmark. Between 2016 and 2018, Rachael and Anne directed the Arctic Oil and Gas Research Centre at Ilisimatusarfik.

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Routledge Research in Polar Law

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