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Preventing spanners being thrown in the works by protest – mega projects

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A new study published in the International Journal of Project Management looking at reducing risks in megaprojects (costing $1 billion or more) focused on the risks associated with protests. Protests can either be organised or individuals aimed at throwing a spanner in the works and disrupting or preventing either the entire project from going ahead or some aspect of it.

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Traditionally, certain international mining firms have been known to pay little heed to the indigenous and local residents when they come in and develop a site for an open cast mine for example. Where there is a despotic government some horrendous crimes against the locals have been committed, and not just in wrecking the
environment. In democratic countries local dissent however has resulted in such projects being significantly delayed or even cancelled altogether.

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