A woman washes her clothes in a river near Rancas, a town just upstream from the pollution of the mine in Cerro de Pasco, Peru.
Photo: David Stubbs / Oxfam America
Monday, June 25, 2018 | 12:30 to 2:00 pm | Washington, DC
Oxfam America Office, 1101 17th St NW, Suite 1300, Washington, DC 20036
Large mining investments create significant expectations from both host governments and local communities, including that these investments will alleviate poverty. In order to ensure clear understanding of the full range of benefits and costs – including social and environmental impacts and risks – a comprehensive assessment should be done in advance. The distribution of expected fiscal benefits should also be agreed upon, to ensure that national and subnational governments as well as local communities have clear opportunities to benefit from mining projects and have a realistic understanding of the likely scale and timeline of revenue flows.
Oxfam invites you to attend a discussion of civil society experiences in Peru and the Dominican Republic (D.R.) around the costs and benefits, including opportunities for beneficiation at the local level. In Peru, civil society organizations have raised alarms over the limited impact mining has had on poverty reduction in mining areas despite significant costs to human rights and women’s rights. Accordingly, they have also pushed for a reconsideration of the fiscal benefits accorded to the mining sector and for a more just implementation of the canon minero, which provides a detailed but imperfect framework for distribution of benefits. In the D.R., civil society has raised concerns about whether a comprehensive cost benefit assessment of some mining projects would be favorable for local communities, including women and girls. This may be even less likely if the legal requirements to distribute revenues subnationally remain unclear and not fully respected.
- Panelist: Miguel Levano, Extractive Industries Strategist, Oxfam in Peru
- Panelist: Claudia Saleta, Democracy and Citizenship Program Manager, Oxfam in the Dominican Republic
- Moderator: Daniel Mulé, Senior Policy Advisor for Tax and Extractive Industries, Oxfam America