A MCDM analysis of the Rosia Montana gold mining project

Mihai A, Marincea A, & Ekenberg L (2015). A MCDM analysis of the Rosia Montana gold mining project. Sustainability 7 (6): 7261-7288. DOI:10.3390/su7067261.

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Abstract

The need and estimated utility for a structured analysis of the Rosia Montana gold exploitation project have been palpable in the Romanian public sphere during the last 15 years and there is a vast amount of conflicting information and opinions on the benefits and risks involved. This article provides a comprehensive decision analysis of the Rosia Montana project. Over 100 documents from the past years have been gathered regarding the Rosia Montana mining project, which cover the main official, formal and less formal documents covering the case and produced by a wide range of stakeholders. These were then analyzed while designing a multi-criteria tree including the relevant perspectives under which the most commonly discussed four alternatives were analyzed. The result of this can be translated into a valuable recommendation for the mining company and for the political decision-makers. If these stakeholders want the continuation of the project and its acceptance by civil society, the key challenge is to increase the transparency of the process and improve the credibility and legal aspects; if these aspects cannot be met, the decision-makers need to pay attention to the alternatives available for a sustainable development in the area.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: multi-criteria decision analysis; sustainable socio-economic development; gold mining; cyanide-based exploitations; environmental sustainability; mining activities pollution; multi-stakeholder analysis; Rosia Montana mining; mono-industrial regions
Research Programs: Exploratory and Special projects (ESP)
Risk, Policy and Vulnerability (RPV)
Risk & Resilience (RISK)
Bibliographic Reference: Sustainability; 7(6):7261-7288 (June 2015)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:53
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2016 10:15
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/11425

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