sharing in governance of extractive industries
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) in close collaboration with the Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development (MITADER) organized a national training seminar on Human Rights, the Environment and mining from 12-13 October 2016 at the Massala Lodge in the Municipality of Bilene, Mozambique. The workshop brought together 45 representatives from the Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development (MITADER), the National Directorate of the Environment, UNDP Mozambique, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy in Mozambique.
The workshop sessions included topics on environmental legislation, the process of relocation due to economic activities, the process of acquiring the right to land use (DUAT), integration of the environment in the mining sector, inclusive participation in the mining process, the impact of extractive industries on biodiversity and human rights, ecosystem services and biodiversity, gender equality of women in the extractive industries, design for closure and financial guarantee for the closing of mining operations and identification of risks and prevention of accidents at waste facilities.
The workshop provided an open space for sharing experiences and for recognizing the need for all of the resource exploration programs to first take into account the safeguarding of human rights, especially in the communities affected by the projects and second, to ensure that men and women have equal opportunities in outcomes.
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EGP GLOBAL TECHNICAL MEETING 2016
The joint Swedish EPA-UNDP global programme on Environmental Governance for Sustainable Natural Resource Management funded by SIDA, hosted a Global Technical Workshop in Stockholm Sweden on November 29 - December 1, 2016.
This event provided a platform for stakeholders to share experiences and learn about Colombia, Kenya, Mozambique, and Mongolia's challenges and opportunities in strengthening the environmental public administration of the mining sector using a human rights-based approach. The Global Technical Workshop included sessions on country work planning, peer-to-peer learning, country reflections and a Board of Advisors meeting.
Below are the summary note of the workshop discussions, evaluation results, and links to the pictures and video clips.
The Swedish EPA and UNDP organized a capacity building workshop and consultation on human rights-based environmental public administration of the mining sector in Naivasha, Kenya from 18-19 May, 2016.
The event brought together over twenty senior representatives and experts from the Kenyan government and civil society including: the Ministry of Mining, Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Kwale County Government, Department of Occupational Health and Safety Services, Kenyan National Commission on Human Rights, Nairobi process (NGO), Huria (NGO), and the Chamber of Mines. An expert from the UNDP Country Office in Mozambique also attended, where a similar national workshop is under preparation. The event provided a platform for exchanging country experiences and standards that strengthen public administration of mining through human-rights based approaches grounded in rule of law and gender equality principles. Participants identified additional learning needs and policy implementation gaps for the programme to address, including opportunities for ensuring more meaningful community engagement throughout the mining cycle, and greater levels of transparency and accountability. In addition, the workshop helped to strengthen longer-term working relationships between the government and civil society participants, as well as between these national partners, SEPA and UNDP. Just after the workshop, the government held a coordination meeting for all Kenya participants to discuss programme activities in more detail, including plans for a Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment of the sector.
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