Mining and Natural Hazard Vulnerability in the Philippines: Digging to Development or Digging to Disaster?

Mining and Natural Hazard Vulnerability in the Philippines: Digging to Development or Digging to Disaster?

Paperback Anthem South Asian Studies (Paperback)

By (author) William N. Holden, By (author) R. Daniel Jacobson

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  • Publisher: Anthem Press
  • Format: Paperback | 308 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 228mm x 24mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 15 October 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1783080515
  • ISBN 13: 9781783080519
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,943,094

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The archipelago of the Philippines is well endowed in nonferrous mineral resources such as copper, gold, lead, silver, nickel, and zinc. In recent years, the government of the Philippines, acting under the influence of the dominant and seemingly ubiquitous neoliberal development paradigm, has liberalized its mining laws to encourage the extraction of minerals by foreign corporations in order to accelerate the development of the economy. The Philippines is also a nation highly prone to a variety of natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, typhoons, and El Nino-induced droughts. Nonferrous metals mining is an activity with a substantial potential for environmental degradation, and these various natural hazards have a high potential to adversely interact with mining's potential for environmental degradation. Earthquakes can destabilize tailings storage facilities, typhoons can flood tailings ponds, and mine-pit dewatering can enhance the competition for groundwater resources during droughts. This study show how natural hazards can amplify the environmental harm prevalent in mining and pose a substantial threat to the livelihoods of archipelago's poor, who are dependent upon subsistence agriculture and subsistence aquaculture.

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William N. Holden is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada and an inactive member of the Law Society of Alberta. R. Daniel Jacobson is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada and a Switzer Research Fellow.