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An assessment of benefits and costs for El Salvador’s communities that will be affected by mining. “If mining is to realize any of its promise, it must be done with the full sanction and
support of local communities. The mining industry must respect local communities’ right to free, prior, and informed consent. Furthermore, it must integrate tightly into local economies and allow for cooperative decision-making on a continuing basis. If these circumstances do not exist, communities have grounds to reject mining projects—because the costs will likely outweigh the benefits.”



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