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Rio Tinto mine in Madagascar: Panos/Friends of the Earth report raises displacement, poverty & environmental concerns

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30 October 2007

Rio Tinto response to report by Panos and Friends of the Earth regarding the ilmenite mine in Madagascar

Author: Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is disappointed about criticisms made by Friends of the Earth and the Panos Report regarding its mining project in Madagascar. While we face enormous challenges to get it right, we are satisfied that our management of the project is setting new benchmarks in responsible mining practices...

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24 October 2007

Rio Tinto's Madagascar mining project

Author: Friends of the Earth

A controversial mining development [by Rio Tinto] on the island of Madagascar, billed as a model for future mining projects, is damaging the local economy, exacerbating poverty and threatening unique biodiversity, a new report published today [by Panos London for Friends of the Earth] has revealed…Friends of the Earth's Corporate Campaigner Sarah-Jayne Clifton said: "Rio Tinto claims that the Madagascar mine development is whiter than white…The reality on the ground is a murky shade of grey, with local people losing their land and livelihoods whilst receiving negligible benefits from the project in return"…

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24 October 2007

[PDF] full report: "Development recast? A review of the impact of the Rio Tinto ilmenite mine in Southern Madagascar

Author: Rod Harbinson, Panos London, for Friends of the Earth

In 2005 QIT Madagascar Mining S.A. (QMM) – a subsidiary of Rio Tinto - was granted approval by the Government of Madagascar to go ahead with an ilmenite mine near Fort Dauphin… QMM made various commitments to mitigating the environmental and social impacts brought about by the project and implementation of many of these are currently taking place… This report is an assessment of the effects of the QMM project on the ground according to some of the many stakeholders involved or affected by it…

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16 October 2007

[PDF] full report: "A mine of information? Improving communication around the Rio Tinto ilmenite mine in Madagascar"

Author: Panos London

...Differences of understanding about the project have already led to conflict and mistrust, which have been further compounded by a lack of communication...

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