Advocating resources projects as enablers for social development

Published on
March 23, 2012

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While gaining approvals for the technical aspects of resource projects presents its own challenges, securing broad social acceptance is also crucial and requires strategic, risk-based analysis and action, in which communication plays a central role.

The implication for mining and resource operations is that gaining approval from government is also contingent upon acceptance by locals impacted by the proposal.  Put simply, it is the people who will make or break the crucial decision in granting a project’s social licence to operate.

At the upcoming Gladstone Region Economic Development Conference on 29-30 March) I will draw on my experience working on resources projects in Australia, and most recently in the Philippines, to discuss the key elements that underpin the goals and principles of project advocacy to achieve social acceptability in challenging environments.