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Goodland, Robert (ed), Suriname’s Bakhuis Bauxite Mine: An Independent Review of SRK’s Impact Assessment. Paramaribo, Suriname: Bureau VIDS, 2009.

This report presents the findings of an independent review team of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) of a proposed bauxite mine in the Bakhuis Mountains of Suriname. The review was commissioned by Bureau VIDS representing the indigenous peoples of Suriname. Contributors include:  Robert Goodland, longterm advisor to the World Bank; Vivieane Weitzner, specialist on gender and development at the North-South Institute of Canada; Ann Maest, aqueous geochemist; and Stuart Kirsch, anthropologist at the University of Michigan.

 

Kirsch, Stuart. Freedom and Development in Suriname. Poverty in Focus 17:12-13. Special issue on Indigenizing Development, eds. Alcida Ramos, Rafael Osorio, and José Pimenta, 2009.

For indigenous peoples, development does not always enhance freedom, as the case of a proposed bauxite mine in Suriname suggests.

 

Bakhuys Mountains, West Suriname.

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Preparations for bauxite mining, West Suriname.

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Rehabilitation of Wane Hills bauxite mine operated by BHP Billiton and Suralco in East Suriname.

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“Within the [mining] concession, they do whatever they want.” BHP Billition/Suralco minesite in Wane Hills, West Suriname after closure.

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Produce on sale at the St. Laurent du Maroni market in French Guiana produced by Indigenous peoples from the Lower Marowijne River region in Suriname. Top:  awara, a palm fruit used to make a rich and refreshing drink, awara oko, the pulp from the fruit, which is used to make the drink, mangoes, and coconut oil.

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Kumbu, a palm fruit used to make a rich drink that tastes like hot chocolate, and peppers

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Kasiri, or cassava beer, and kaheli, also from cassava.

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Grated bitter cassava, used to bake cassava bread.

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Shop walls in Albina, Suriname.

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