Do we need more (gold) extractivism? What kind of economies are we building? How to see minerals as a Commons? These were central questions posed during two events organised in May 2015 by the Siemenpuu Foundation, Finnish Association for Nature Conservation, Friends of the Earth Finland, Dodo Sinsibere and Kepa:

22 May 2015, After the Gold Rush: international seminar at Helsinki University (seminar presentations downloadable at the event page)

24 May 2015, After the Gold Rush – Extractivism from Mali to Finland: panel discussion at the World Village Festival

Siemenpuu's report presents the discussions and conclusions from both events.


You can learn about mining theme under the following links:

Conflictos Mineros

Gaia Foundation

London Mining Network

Mines and Communities

Mining Watch

International Resource Panel (UNEP): Metal Recycling, Opportunities, Limits, Infrastructure

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A panel discussion involving two Siemenpuu Foundation guests from India, a tribal-activist and a land-use researcher, together with University of Helsinki researchers.

Monday 18 May 2015, at 4pm-7pm

Unioninkatu 37, Faculty Meeting Room

On Mali


[Ruby van der Wekken]  In the North, which hosts under its desert soil yet unexplored quantities of uranium and oil, two Touareg groups - the influential Ifoghass minority and the Imghoud majority - have seen for a long time a series of disputes due to the existing socio economic inequalities (between the groups, between the North and South of Mali, resulting from Mali’s peoples marginalisation at large from a global perspective), and rebellions have happened for decades.

Gold at the end of a rainbow? A case of rural survival


The excellent gold mining and extractivism related seminar here in Helsinki on 22 May 2015 brought back in mind some personal experiences from years back. Those experiences could be seen as one example of the principle, that a disaster to many is usually a road to riches to some people at the same time.