Australian mining companies

Large-scale mining presents a huge challenge for the communities of the Asia-Pacific region. The development benefits are obvious but the risks are immense.The United Nations Development Program noted the potential the mining industry has in contributing to sustainable development in early 2016:

‘Mining is a global industry and is often located in remote and less-developed areas including many indigenous lands and territories. When managed appropriately, it can create jobs, spur innovation and bring investment and infrastructure at a game-changing scale over long time horizons. If managed poorly, mining can also lead to environmental degradation, displaced populations and increased conflict, among other challenges. (Mapping Mining to the Sustainable Development Goals: A Preliminary Atlas; UNDP)’