Environmental Politics without Environmentalism

Wednesday, 25 April 2012, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, IWM library

Seminar “Faces of Eastern Europe”

Cyanide is not the most environment-friendly way of exploiting gold, but it is probably the cheapest. A western company plans to open a gold mine in Transylvania, Romania and an alliance of civil society organisations plan to stop it. In their agenda, however, cyanide technology is the second on the list of reasons to oppose the mine: the first is the cultural heritage value of the area. Civil society organisations try therefore to involve UNESCO through lobbying for listing the old Roman mine in Rosia Montana on the UNESCO list of protected sites.

This seminar looks at the internationalising mechanisms of the civil society organisations involved in the Rosia Montana case, discussing them in a broader context: the development of civil society in a new member state of the European Union.

Mihaela Herbel is Ph.D. candidate in International Relations and European Studies, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, and currently Junior Visiting Fellow at the IWM.