WP 2 Developing management tools (SIA, mitigation and monitoring)
In Charge: University of Lapland, Faculty of Social Sciences


WP 2 aims to
• evaluate the changes caused by mining project to the local communities by a systematic approach
• improve the participation for the stake-holders in the mining projects in relation to land use planning, EIA and SEA processes and
• understand the interrelationship between ecological, economic and social aspects of community life.

WP 2 consists of:

a) Meta-evaluation of the EIA processes of pilot mining projects including questions like: how stake-holders were defined, what methods were used, how was validity assessed, what was the role of SIA in the whole process of EIA, what are the ‘lessons to be learned’ from these cases; e.g. the evaluation of the Best Practices. This part of the research is based on content analysis of EIA documents and interviews of persons involved in the planning process. The evaluation also aims to bring out SIA connections to the land use planning and their SEA processes. Thus, the objective is to improve integration of SIA in EIA processes in relation to mining projects.

b) Pilot study in the Kolari and Kittilä region (Hannukainen & Suurikuusikko mines). The study will evaluate the changes caused by mining project to the local communities by a systematic approach and aim to understand the interrelationship between ecological, economic and social aspects of community life. The data consists of municipality documents, questionnaire and interviews done by the whole research group. Also the implementation of the SIA will be assessed.

The leader of the WP 2 is professor Asko Suikkanen and researchers Marika Kunnari and Leena Suopajärvi. (e-mail: forename.surname@ulapland.fi)