Our annual gathering is a chance to find out about mining-affected communities, our current projects, and the work of our network groups. You are very welcome if: you’ve never heard of us before; you know of our work but haven’t been able to come to an event yet; you want to get more involved; you are already working with us!

Hear from visiting speakers talking about the legacy of London-listed Rio Tinto’s mining in Bougainville and Indonesia.

Environmental damage caused by Rio Tinto’s Panguna mine on the island of Bougainville helped spark a war for independence from Papua New Guinea in the early 1990s – this year there will be a referendum on independence.

Clean-up of wastes from the company’s closed Kelian mine in Indonesia has been presented as a good example but research by our colleagues in Indonesia shows it in a different light.

Where: SOAS, Senate House, Malet Road, London

When: Wednesday 26th June, 6.30-8.30pm

ACCESSIBILITY: The venue is wheelchair accessible via a lift and there are accessible toilets. A microphone will be used. Hearing loop TBC. There will be photography, flash photography is unlikely. Email contact@londonminingnetwork.org for further information or requirements. There will be a short break halfway through the evening.

Speakers:

Volker Boege is from German organisation Misereor, which works with the Catholic Diocese of Bougainville in supporting communities affected by the Panguna mine.

Siti Maimunah is from Jatam, Indonesia. She is an expert on the impacts of multinational mining in Indonesia and particularly its impacts on women.

LMN workers, researchers and some individuals in the network will also be sharing updates on their work.

We look forward to seeing you there, if you can’t make it, we will be live tweeting at @londonmining