Journal article

Evaluating conflict surrounding mineral extraction in Ghana: Assessing the spatial interactions of large and small-scale mining

Kayla Patel, John Rogan, Nicholas Cuba, Anthony Bebbington

The Extractive Industries and Society | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

Since implementation of its Economic Recovery Program in 1983, Ghana's extractive industries have come to account for 40% of the total value of the country's exports. An adverse impact of this increase, however, has been increased extraction-related conflict due to heightened competition between large and small-scale operators over mineral-rich lands. This paper characterizes these conflicts in the south-central section of the country by mapping the spatial overlaps between large and small-scale miners. Classification tree analysis of 2013 and 2015 Landsat-7 and -8 imagery was used to identify small-scale mine sites. The overlaps between these sites and large-scale concessions are examined i..

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