The film “Si paramos La Colosa, paramos cualquier cosa” (“Stopping La Colosa, reclaiming our territory”, Duration26 min.) by Hanna Thiesing and Kristina Dietz documents the use of popular consultations (span.: consultas populares) in the conflict around the La Colosa gold mining project in Tolima, Colombia. From the perspective of the different actors involved, the film tells the story of the organization of the anti-mining consultations in Tolima asking the following questions: Why did the protest actors mobilize for popular consultations? What obstacles were they confronted with? What possibilities do popular consultations offer for protest groups to enforce their claims in conflicts over mining?
The research group GLOCON (Global Change – Local Conflicts?) at Freie Universität Berlin launches an interactive web mapping application on Burkina Faso’s large-scale mines and related conflicts. The website aims to integrate geo-data and data of qualitative social research to inform about conflicts over mining in Burkina Faso.
In Latin America social actors and local politicians increasingly apply popular consultations in conflicts over mining as a means of protest. The research group GLOCON has summarized hitherto realised or envisaged local popular consultations against mining in Latin America. The overview has been compiled based on academic literature and media reports.