Environmental Impact Assessment of Artisanal Mining in Eastern Indonesia

Environmental Impact Assessment of Artisanal Mining in Eastern Indonesia

Artisanal small scale mining (ASM) is increasing rapidly in eastern Indonesia. The negative environmental impacts of ASM threaten health and long term livelihoods, particularly of the rural poor:  unregulated use of mercury causes heavy metal contamination of waterways, processing gold and manganese ores are toxic to miners. Mine sites will become initiation points for large scale erosion and land degradation. Developing local capacity to monitor and map these impacts can improve local natural resource management.

We are seeking Expressions of Interest from potential PhD candidates to work alongside researchers from CDU and The Australian National University who are collaborating with Indonesian government agencies and University and NGO partners in two provinces to investigate the social (and environmental) impacts of artisanal mining in Nusa Tenggara Timor and Southeast Sulawesi.

Australian candidates are encouraged to apply for an Australian Postgraduate Research award through Charles Darwin University. Indonesian candidates are encouraged to apply for scholarships through AusAID, DIKTI or CDU International scholarships. Opportunities exist to enrol in a joint CDU-ANU PhD degree.

For more information contact Dr Bronwyn Myers (bronwyn.myers@cdu.edu.au) or Dr Natasha Stacey (natasha.stacey@cdu.edu.au) at RIEL or Assoc Prof Andrew Mc William (andrew.mcwilliam@anu.edu.au) at ANU.

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