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Guidelines on the process and preparation of the SIA report for mineral projects (Government of Greenland)
19 September 2017
Greenland, Other Countries
Greenland wants to develop the mineral resources area into one of the country’s primary and principal business sectors. This is to be done in close collaboration and dialogue with the Greenlandic population. Understanding the interaction between mineral projects and Greenlandic society is therefore essential in order to create sustainable relations between mineral resources companies, municipalities, affected individuals, other stakeholders as well as Greenlandic society in general.
Pursuant to Inatsisartut Act no. 7 of 7 December 2009 on mineral resources and activities of significance for these (the Mineral Resources Act), and later amendments, mineral resources companies must prepare a Social Impact Assessment (SIA) in connection with developing mineral projects. Social Impact Assessments for mineral projects in Greenland must be prepared in accordance with good international practice


The guidelines are to support assessment of the social aspects in a project. Moreover, they are to ensure that focus is aimed at strengthening constructive solutions in order to promote the positive opportunities in society caused by the project and also reduce negative impacts. 

These guidelines are more than just instructions on how to prepare an SIA report. They are to support a transparent process about openness and participation from relevant stakeholders in order to ensure the best possible sustainable development in Greenlandic society.



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