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The Ok Tedi mine in Papua New Guinea is nearing the end of mine life, with closure including Mine Life Extension, by 2025. This thesis argues that the mine’s operator Ok Tedi Mining Limited’s mine closure planning process is guided by principals of social sustainability, rather than it being a secondary concern. By analysing the mine closure, business and development plans of stakeholders in the mine, the research shows that cooperation in the mine closure planning process has grown and deepened since the process commenced in 1999. Ensuring sustainability has become central to project planning for post closure livelihoods by the main stakeholders including Papua New Guinea Sustainable Development Program Ltd and Ok Tedi Development Foundation, but the implementation outcomes are not always effective in ensuring sustainable development in the impacted communities. The fieldwork and surveying conducted contribute to two case studies on sustainable livelihoods - Agriculture/Food Security and Artisanal Mining - that demonstrate the growth of sustainability in effectiveness of Ok Tedi mine stakeholders in delivering community development.
Phillipa (Carr) Jenkins is a PhD scholar in the Resource, Environment and Development (RE&D) program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Politics from University of Wollongong. Her research interests include mine closure, sustainable development and mining in PNG, mineral policy, sustainable livelihoods, agricultural and food security policy.