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.
Available at: https://www.govmin.gl/images/stories/minerals/sia_guideline/SIA_guideline.pdf