sharing in governance of extractive industries
Pollution is the theme of the 2017 UN Environment Assembly, which will gather in Nairobi from 4-6 December. A side event on pollution in the extractives industry will take place on Monday, 4 December from 6:00-7:30pm. For more information, please visit the Assembly website
This high-level event presents an opportunity to raise global awareness on extractive pollution and raise the bar for countries and companies committed to address pollution and waste. It will look at the technical solutions and international legal mechanisms that can bring this about.
Ultimately it hopes to promote new commitments to move towards an extractive sector that minimizes pollution in all forms, in every way possible.
It will endeavour to encourage concrete commitments from governments to address extractive pollution (wastes and tailings, land and water direct pollution), by complying with multilateral agreements and adopting legislation and principles that promote environmental sustainability in extractives (e.g., EIAs/strategic environmental assessments (SEA), polluter-pay principle, fiscal incentives).
It will also look to the private sector for leadership to promote and adopt best practices and codes of conduct on tailings management and water and land pollution, including sustainable decommissioning and closure, as well as enhanced transparency and information sharing.
Questions for discussion
1/. What has past experience taught us about how to reduce pollution in the extractive sector?
2/. What are the good practices and the technologies that can reduce the environmental footprint?
3/. What are the challenges to improving performance?
4/. How can voluntary initiatives and partnerships within the extractive sector be used proactively in tackling pollution?
5/. What role should regulation play in addressing pollution?
6/. Where and how can multilateral agreements such as the Minamata Convention help?
7/. How can the trade offs between the benefits and the impacts of mining be kept to a minimum?
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