Most countries require an environmental impact assessment (EIA) before giving the green light to a mining project. EIA processes provide a valuable opportunity for citizens to participate in decisions about mines. The problem is, project proponents often submit long, complex EIA documents that are incomprehensible to lay people.

We hope this Guidebook for Evaluating Mining Project EIAs will help grassroots advocates and communities understand mining EIAs, identify flaws in mining project plans, convince decision-makers to reject ill-conceived mining projects, and explore ways that proposed mining projects could be made socially and environmentally acceptable.

The Guidebook was produced in 2010 by a team of experts at the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW), including ELAW Board Chair Dr. Glenn Miller, Director of the Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences and Health at the University of Nevada at Reno.

ELAW has helped partners around the world evaluate dozens of EIAs for proposed mining projects. The Guidebook consolidates what we have learned and points to many critical resources for communities seeking to make their voices heard about proposed mining projects.

Guidebook for Evaluating Mining Project EIAs

Guidebook for Evaluating Mining Project EIAs - complete Guidebook (English)

Table of Contents
Acknowledgements and Introduction
Chapter 1: Overview of Mining and its Impacts
Chapter 2: Overview of the EIA Process
Chapter 3: Reviewing a Typical EIA for a Mining Project
Chapter 4: How to be an Effective Participant in the EIA Process
Appendix: EIA Review Checklist

Guia para Evaluar EIAs de Proyectos Mineros

Guía para Evaluar EIAs de Proyectos Mineros (Español)

Tabla de Contenido
Agradecimientos y Introduccion
Capítulo 1: Vista General de la Minería y sus Impacto
Capítulo 2: Vista General del Proceso de EIA
Capítulo 3: Revisión de un típico EIA para un proyecto minero
Capítulo 4: Cómo ser un participante efectivo en el Proceso de EIA
Apéndice: Lista de Revisión del EIA

 Guide pour l'evaluation des projets EIE du domaine minier

Guide pour l’évaluation des EIE de projets minier (Français)

Remerciements et introduction
Chapitre 1: Généralités sur l'exploitation minière et ses impacts
Chapitre 2: Généralité sur le processus de l'EIE
Chapitre 3: Révision d'une EIE typique pour un projet minier
Chapitre 4: Comment être un participant efficace au processus de l'EIE
Appendix: Révision de la liste de controle de l'eie

 Guidebook for Evaluating Mining EIAs (Russian)  

Руководство по оценке отчетов ОВОС горнорудных проектов (Russian)

Список блок-схем
Обзор горных работ и их воздействия на окружающую среду
Обзор процесса ОВОC
Обзор типичной ОВОС для проекта добычи полезных ископаемых
Как стать эффективным участником процесса ОВОС
Словарь специальных терминов
Список литературы

If printing out the Guidebook poses a hardship, copies are available by request.
Please send your request to mark[at]elaw[dot]org.