The Value of a River: Mining Projects and Cross-cultural Environmentalism in Papua New Guinea
Dr Emilka Skrzypek
Department of Social Anthropology
My research explores the role of Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) review process in identifying and evaluating the impacts of the proposed mine at Frieda River in Papua New Guinea. The proposed mine is located in the tributary of the Sepik River – a globally important ecosystem and home to around 300 language groups. In theory, the EIS should address the imbalance that leads to some voices being heard much more easily than others when it comes to proposals for large-scale resource extraction. Does that theory hold true in practice?