MAC: Mines and Communities

Welcome to Mines and Communities (MAC)

... website, published by a unique network of indigenous and solidarity NGOs, representing many thousands of people directly affected by the mining industry.

Nico Delamente (27) was murdered by unidentified gunmen riding a motorcycle on Friday, Jan. 20, in Claver, a mining town in Surigao del Norte region, The Philippines. As a leader of the Mamanwa tribe, he was an outspoken critic of the various large-scale mines owned by Nickel Asia, Sumitomo and other companies operating on their ancestral lands. Credit:

MAC was launched in 2001, and its priorities are governed by an editorial board, under our foundation statement, the London Declaration.

We provide communities, NGOs, activists, the media - and the general public - with information about many aspects of global mining and its impacts.

New articles are added regularly - please refer to latest headlines on the right of this page. Click on the thematic buttons (above & on the left) to browse through over 13 years-worth of news articles, analyses and opinion pieces. Or use the search engine.

If you feel able to support us, or for any other comments, we'd be delighted to hear from you.

More information on the people and organisations behind the site can be found here.

Who's funding what in mining?

Need to know which banks and institutions are funding which mining companies - and where? From Money to Metals is an indispensable database and analysis, recently updated and available on-line.

And as to who funds us, donations are vital to our work. Please help if you can. If you can't, your feedback will be much appreciated. 

The London Declaration - 2008

The London Declaration is the founding document of Mines and Communities and encapsulates key demands being made by many communities affected by mining around the world.

Latest Headlines

Philippines: Environment Secretary orders closure of 23 mines (10/02/2017)

Bangladesh: Police fire tear gas and rubber bullets against Sunderbans protestors (02/02/2017)

South African bishop lobbies Lonmin at London AGM (31/01/2017)

Groups demand release of Tanzanian environmentalists detained in Malawi (30/01/2017)

Guatemalan Environmentalists Win Legal Case In Canadian court (29/01/2017)

Ecuador: Mining by blood and fire in Shuar ancestral lands (28/01/2017)

Gold mining cancelled after protests in Sudan (26/01/2017)

Philippines: Environment defenders decry the killing of Surigao indigenous leader (24/01/2017)

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