A sub-national scale geospatial analysis of diamond deposit lootability: the case of the Central African Republic

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The Central African Republic (CAR), a country with rich diamond deposits and a tumultuous political history, experienced a government takeover by the Seleka rebel coalition in 2013. It is within this context that we developed and implemented a geospatial approach for assessing the lootability of high value-to-weight resource deposits, using the case of diamonds in CAR as an example. According to current definitions of lootability, or the vulnerability of deposits to exploitation, CAR's two major diamond deposits are similarly lootable. However, using this geospatial approach, we demonstrate that the deposits experience differing political geographic, spatial location, and cultural geographic contexts, rendering the eastern deposits more lootable than the western deposits. The patterns identified through this detailed analysis highlight the geographic complexities surrounding the issue of conflict resources and lootability, and speak to the importance of examining these topics at the sub-national scale, rather than relying on national-scale statistics.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title A sub-national scale geospatial analysis of diamond deposit lootability: the case of the Central African Republic
Series title The Extractive Industries and Society
DOI 10.1016/j.exis.2014.07.009
Volume 1
Issue 2
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Contributing office(s) Eastern Geology and Paleoclimate Science Center
Description 11 p.
First page 249
Last page 259
Country Central African Republic
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