Gold: An interview study unravels natural resource use in the vicinity of a possible new gold mine in South Greenland
In 1992, a gold deposit was discovered in a valley 40 km from Nanortalik in South Greenland. Extensive geological investigations have been carried out since the discovery, and the mining company is aiming to start the mine in 2003. The company will complete a Bankable Feasibility Study and an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in 2002.
Environmental baseline studies have been performed in the area since 1998. These include a National Environmental Research Institute interview study on natural resource use in the Nanortalik district reported late in 2001
A total of 23 persons, mainly fishermen and hunters, were interviewed in Nanortalik town and in three settlements in the district. The report describes the distribution and catch of fish, crabs, seals, whales, polar bears and sea birds. Sheep farming and tourism in the municipality were also examined.
In the vicinity of the mine site, conflicts of interest could arise with regard to three populations of trout and a recent crab fishery in the fjord. Areas further from the mine site can potentially be affected too. Together with many other studies performed in the Nanortalik district the interview study findings will form part of the EIA.
Further information: Christian M. Glahder, National Environmental Research Institute. Phone +45 4630 1946. E-mail: email@example.com
The report on natural resource use in the Nanortalik district (NERI Technical Report No. 384) is available at: http://www.dmu.dk/1_viden/2_Publikationer/3_fagrapporter/default.asp
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