Sustainable development in mineral economies the example of botswana volume 9 issue 4 glenn marie lange matthew wright. Southern africa is endowed with lucrative mineral resources such as diamonds gold copper coal platinum and uranium this rich endowment can be a major asset in the quest for inclusive and sustainable development yet mining in southern africa has often been criticised as an enclave sector that at best contributes little to economic development and at worst does substantial social and. Estimating the economic value of the mineral assets and the cost of depleting minerals thus providing a more accurate assessment of economic performance and sustainable development united nations 1993b 2001 sustainable development requires that depletion of mineral assets be offset by a compensating increase in other forms of capital. How do we justify another contribution to the prodigious literature on sustainable development first the mineral economies comprise around one fifth of the developing countries and they face special problems in achieving sustainable development and they have as a whole been less successful than resource poor countries. Sustainable development in mineral economies the example of botswana article pdf available in environment and development economics 904485 505 february 2004 with 209 reads
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