Abstract: The Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development (MMSD) Project is an independent two-year project of research and consultation seeking to understand how the mining and minerals sector can contribute to the global transition to sustainable development. MMSD is a project of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) commissioned by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WNCSD).
Notes: This is a summary paper (from 4 project papers which assess aspects of information accessibility in the minerals sector). Whilst the titles of these 4 papers (see bibliography list of hard copy) appear relevant with the mention of the Minerals Sector in each title; they are primarily Canadian based. This paper seeks to identify areas of misunderstanding and confusion of responsibilities between different stakeholders. Potential mechanisms (or sometimes key questions) are offered to address information needs. The paper analyses the gaps where access to information occurs, and after each analysis a paragraph is presented under the sub-heading: Mechanisms for Change. These paragraphs offer ideas for change within the mining sector. There is a brief outline of (a) the obvious rights of stakeholders who need the right to have a say in exploration and mining activities (b) mention of the lack of standards relating to information access e.g. a lack of standards on the basic information needs and processes between stakeholders in the mining industry, particularly at the legislative level, and little standardisation across national boundaries - thus creating confusion over project management.