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Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 2.124
Best-practice overkill? the impact of state of the art impact assessments on mobile pastoralists in Siberia
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 to reflect about the usefulness of concepts that are thought to be globally accepted as best-practice and yet locally relevant for people affected by mining. Working with the Evenki of South Yakutia, we show that dialogue must be context-sensitive to the extent that it can also include actors others than mining companies and local people. Extractive industries are nowadays placed in plural governance regimes, where more than the traditional actors (people, company, and state) have stakes. In our research we reflect on how such plural governance regimes are compatible with a mobile livelihood that requires people to stay in forests while at the same time having to do best-practice paperwork. We ask whether the impact of ever more best practices may not be an alienation of people from their land due to the bureaucatisation of the best-practices process.