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Artisanal and Small Scale Mining inBougainville: Risk, Reward and Regulation

O'Faircheallaigh, Ciaran; Regan, Anthony


This paper provides a high-level but comprehensive review of the status, as of mid-2016,1 of the artisanal and small-scale (ASM, or sometimes AASM) industry in post-conflict Bougainville, drawing on extensive fieldwork conducted during 2014–16.2 It focuses on the location of ASM activity and the modes and methods of production being used, the identity of miners, and the nature of their participation in ASM. It outlines preliminary findings regarding the way in which access is gained to land...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Dept. of Pacific Affairs (DPA) formerly State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program
Date published: 2017
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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