Since the 1960s, environmental impact assessments (EIAs) and recently, social impact assessments (SIAs), have been conducted during the planning stages of large development projects to identify potential adverse effects and propose mitigation measures to ameliorate these impacts. EIAs and SIAs should outline all possible positive and negative effects of a proposed action or development on ecological and social systems respectively, including biodiversity, flora and fauna, abiotic components (such as air quality), human health, security and wellbeing. The work outlined herein aims to generate a map of all possible direct and indirect effects of base metal mining (including gold, iron, copper, nickel, zinc, silver, molybdenum and lead) along with the impacts of mitigation measures proposed, that are mentioned in EIAs and SIAs for action in Arctic and boreal regions of the following countries/regions: Canada, Alaska (USA), Greenland, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.
We will conduct searches for environmental and social impact assessments in Swedish and English, and until theoretical saturation is reached (i.e. no additional action-impact pathways are identified). We will perform searches of specialist websites (e.g. public repositories of environmental and social impact assessments) and Google Scholar. We will also contact relevant stakeholders (that have been identified in the wider 3MK project <a href="https://osf.io/cvh3u/" rel="nofollow">https://osf.io/cvh3u/</a>) and make a call for evidence. Eligibility screening will be conducted at two levels: title and full text. Meta-data will be extracted from eligible studies including type of mining activity, location of mine, type of impacts, and planned mitigation measures. In addition, informant interviews with stakeholders who self-identify as EIA/SIA ‘practitioners’ will be undertaken to supplement and validate information extracted from EIAs and SIAs. Findings will be presented narratively, in a searchable relational database and in an Evidence Atlas (a cartographic map).</p>
<p><strong>Keywords</strong>: extractive industries, metal mines, social-environmental systems, resource extraction </p>
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