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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Lands of the Extracto-cene: The Extractive Industries, Climate Change and Mobile Pastoralists [Commission for Nomadic Peoples]


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: 28 Aug 11:00 - 15:30


Room 2.124

In the traditional territories of mobile pastoralists around the world, there is a form of land use that is expanding its reach with the help of new technologies and innovations in engineering, alongside a global hyper-consumerism that makes natural resources like copper, gold, natural gas and rare earths essential for the production of ‘modern’ livelihoods and technologies. The UNEP showns that global mineral extraction increased threefold in the last forty years; this trend is projected to continue in decades to come (UNEP 2016). Amongst scholars, there have been a number of studies focused on mining and mobile pastoralists, namely in Mongolia, Oman, the Arctic and Africa, but dialogue on the issues as it relates to the broader challenges faced by pastoralists remains few and far between. We aim to bring together experts working on extractive industries and mobile pastoralism globally in order to advance the scholarship in this emerging field. We examine forms of co-existence between mobile pastoralists and the extractive industries in regions where mobile animal husbandy was historically the dominate form of land use. In what ways do pastoralists adapt, resist, ignore or work with the new land users in these territories? How does the cumulative impacts of climate change and extraction impact pastoralists? How does the expansion and intensification of extraction relate with ongoing social and environmental change amongst mobile peoples? We invite papers to take a holistic approach to studying how pastoralist societies act upon the accumulation of environmental change and extractive industries in their lands.


  • P 29.1
    • Dr. Ahearn-Ligham, Ariell (Oxford University)
    • Dr. Forbes, Bruce (University of Lapland)
  • P 29.2
    • Dr. Ahearn-Ligham, Ariell (Oxford University)
    • Dr. Forbes, Bruce (University of Lapland)

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This paper examines narratives of environmental governance, climate change and the State amongst mobile pastoralists related to mega mining infrastructure projects. In particular, it engages with qualitative research to examine transformations in the social and physical landscape in the South Gobi region where the Oyu Tolgoi mega mine is based, and how these narratives of change feature in two off ... More
Presented by Dr. Ariell AHEARN-LIGHAM on 28/8/2019 at 11:45
All over the world best practices such as the Social Licence to Operate (SLO) or Free Prior Informed Consent have advanced to the state of the art in impact assessment practice. Recent research, also among mobile pastoralists, has resulted in a more differentiated view of what such concepts mean on the ground. In this presentation we revisit a community of mobile pastoralists in the Siberian Taiga ... More
Presented by Prof. Florian STAMMLER on 28/8/2019 at 9:40
High-altitude pastoralism is an extreme version of pastoralism only found in the two World´s highest mountain areas: the Andes and the Greater Central Asia. For millennia, the uplands of the latter one, denominated High Asia, have been scenery of a unique version of high-altitude pastoralism symbolized by an exceptional animal: the yak. Extended by parts of South Siberia, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Ta ... More
Presented by Santiago CARRALERO
Conflicts between pastoralism and extractive industries have been documented widely in anthropology. This paper will present examples of research on such conflicts over 30 years and across the North of Russia, aiming to develop a typology of power dynamics, strategies and key scenarios of confrontation. Further, it explores the range of political and ethical stances that anthropologists have been ... More
Presented by Prof. Joachim OTTO HABECK on 28/8/2019 at 11:00
Mauritania boasts a variety of natural resources: iron and gold mining in the interior, agrarian lands along the southern border with Senegal, nomadic pastureland in the north and central region, and some of the world’s richest fishing grounds off the Atlantic coast. The development and extraction of natural resources, particularly in the mining sector, poses both challenges and opportunities fo ... More
Presented by Matthew PORGES
With two of the world’s largest mining projects, Mongolia has become one of Asia’s key mineral producers in the past twenty years. Mongolian pastoralist communities living the South Gobi in the vicinity of large-scale mining operations have recently turned to transnational dispute resolution arenas to lodge their grievances and seek redress. Notably, these groups of pastoralists have sought to ... More
Presented by Dr. Jennifer LANDER on 28/8/2019 at 11:20
In Niger there are diverse underground resources in nomadic regions in the north: oil, gold and uranium. French company in cooperation with Nigerien state exploits uranium and the town of Arlit was constructed. Ten years ago president at the time offered permissions to research to many international companies. By now, Chinese company already finished their job in Azelik and left ecological disaste ... More
Presented by Dr. Sarah LUNACEK on 28/8/2019 at 12:05
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