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Participation with a punch: Community referenda on dam projects and the right to free, prior, and informed consent to development

Brant McGee

Participation with a punch: Community referenda on dam projects and the right to free, prior, and informed consent to development
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Resource Type Scientific Paper
Language
  • English
Year 2010
Country United States of America
Topic
  • FPIC
  • Informed Decision Making
Complexity Advanced
Keywords
  • Community Engagement
  • Consultation
  • Decision Making
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Environmental Impact
  • Impact Benefit Agreement
  • Self-Determination
  • Social & Cultural Impacts
Written By Academic Researchers
Written For
  • Academic Institutions or Researchers
  • Indigenous Allies
Description Acknowledging the cultural, social, and environmental impacts of resource developments such as hydro-electric dams, the rights of Indigenous people to Free, Prior, Informed Consent (FPIC), are necessary to protect their lands. The article introduces the community referenda, as a consultation strategy used in areas impacted by development projects, and provides a democratic process based on voting to indicate the communities’ consent or refusal of a proposed development project. Community referenda provide a potential solution to industry non-compliance with FPIC.
Journal Water Alternatives
Volume 3
Issue 2
Pages 162 - 184
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