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Environmental and Social Conflict Prevention in Extractives


Environmental and Social Conflict Prevention in Extractives

Welcome to the GOXI Community of Practice for Environmental and Social Conflict Prevention in the Extractive Sector.

Our group brings together members from across sectors working on environmental governance for sustainable natural resource management, with members dedicated to preventing and resolving disputes and conflicts in the extractive sector.

One goal of this Community is to ensure that natural resource wealth from the extractive industries is used to improve people’s lives and enhance development outcomes in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. We also want to provide a network and space for ideas from a global community of practitioners working on similar issues.

The group is designed to share experiences, raise awareness and improve skills and practice for preventing and resolving environmental conflict in the extractive sector, and improving environmental governance of the sector. This includes efforts to ensure more effective and meaningful participation, communication, transparency, and accountability in the extractive sector, to prevent adverse social, human rights and environmental impacts.

We encourage discussions, questions, and country examples that address the challenges and solutions linked to the preventing environmental and social conflict and improving governance of extractives. We welcome your input on topics or initiatives you would like to take forward.

Please refer to the FAQ Page for more information on how to contribute and how to start discussions on this Community's space.

Website: http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/ourwork/sustainable-development/natural-capital-and-the-environment/extractive-industries-/environmental-governance-for-sustainable-natural-resource-manage/
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Environmental and Social Conflict Prevention in Extractives

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Discussion Forum

Biodiversity and Human Rights

Started by Environmental Governance Program. Last reply by Environmental Governance Program yesterday. 2 Replies

New members, introduce yourselves here!

Started by Environmental Governance Program. Last reply by Environmental Governance Program Sep 11. 61 Replies

Mining and Gender

Started by Jasmin Blessing. Last reply by Jasmin Blessing May 22. 2 Replies

Human Rights and the Environment Workshop in Mozambique

Started by Tiffany Challe. Last reply by Tiffany Challe Feb 21. 1 Reply

Contribute to the Global Technical Workshop 2016 reflections here!

Started by Environmental Governance Program. Last reply by Tiffany Challe Feb 1. 8 Replies

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Comment by Mulya Jules on September 12, 2017 at 10:37

Hi Jasmin.

On the question of which groups are particularly affected. 

One of the root causes of the recent bloody ethnic conflict(https://www.radiookapi.net/2016/10/18/actualite/securite/tanganyika...) between sedentary/farming Bantu and semi-nomadic Pygmy populations that have peacefully coexisted for centuries in Tanganyika Province in the DRC has something to do with the severe shortage of food resources that both communities have been experiencing in the last 10 years resulting partly from the loss of biodiversity and ecosystems. Fish and bush meat, the main sources of protein and very important economic resources in these areas, once plentiful and affordable are now rare and expensive commodities which create socio-economic tensions. In Oct 2016 the 2 communities clashed following the refusal by pygmy women to pay what they considered an (new) illegal levy on some forest food products they brought to the local market. There is a pattern of acts of extortion over dwindling food resources that has emerged especially in areas severely affected by loss of ecosystems and diversity not necessarily due to mining. As the most dependent on forest resources for their livelihood, hunter-gatherer pygmies are certainly the most vulnerable group but their food insecurity directly impacts neighbouring subsistence farming populations with whom they’ve had a mutually beneficial transactional relationship for centuries.

Comment by Environmental Governance Program on September 11, 2017 at 21:35

Dear members,

We have posted some additional discussion questions in our new blog about Biodiversity and Human Rights:

  • In your countries, what steps have been taken to protect environmental human rights defenders working on biodiversity issues? Does your country provide effective mechanisms for defenders of biodiversity and ecosystems, such as to indigenous peoples or local communities living in areas under exploitation by others, to exercise their civil and political rights without fear of persecution?  

  • Which groups are particularly vulnerable to the loss of biodiversity, in addition to indigenous people?


We look forward to your comments!




Jasmin Blessing

Community Facilitator

Comment by Piet Wostyn on August 6, 2017 at 11:21

hi colleagues, I would like to share this call for papers on 'Mining in comparative perspective: trends, transformations and theories'. I hope this can be an opportunity for you to highlight your work in the academic community! (and I hope that later on that academic community can feed back and give input to policy makers and civil society)


Comment by Environmental Governance Program on August 2, 2017 at 23:03

Hi Piet,

Thanks so much for starting this discussion on indigenous rights and multinational interests!

In this context, I would like to share a few resources available on Goxi that might be of interest to our group.

This Oxfam trainer’s manual was developed to help strengthen and build the capacity of community activists, community based organizations (CBOs), other non-government organizations (NGOs) and community educators to support communities to understand Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).

Another good resource is natural justice’s community protocols toolkit for the extractive industries. This resource might be of interest to those working on engagement strategies of communities with governments in challenging and difficult situations. There are cases from four countries that used the tools. 

In addition, it would be nice to hear from other group members about any approaches and strategies that helped communities to be able to better participate in decision making in extractive projects. 



Jasmin Blessing

EGMS Community Manager

Comment by Environmental Governance Program on August 1, 2017 at 22:51

Dear EGMS members,

Tune in for the World Bank webinar: “World Bank Extractives-Led Local Economic Diversification Community of Practice (ELLED CoP): A Canadian Success Story in Extractives Local Procurement from Indigenous-Owned Business - Lessons from Other Countries?”

The webinar will take place tomorrow Wednesday, August 2,  from 10am to 11:30am.

More info on Goxi.


Jasmin Blessing

EGMS Community Manager

Comment by Piet Wostyn on August 1, 2017 at 18:15

Dear EGMS members,

I am sharing an article regarding the ongoing struggle between Ecuador´s indigenous Shuar people and the Copper Mining Project called El Mirador. The project has Chinese funding and is a China- Ecuadorian collaboration.

The Shuar that have been struggling to halt the project for years, arguing that this project would irreversibly damage the region’s fragile ecosystem and violate the legal rights of indigenous peoples to live, develop and control their land and territory. The case has a long record of protests, violent repression, opposition, and human rights violations.

You can find a nice summary and more detailed information of the case on https://www.banktrack.org/project/el_mirador_copper_mine

I suppose that the current struggle in Ecuador is part of a wider phenomenon that is happening all over the world where government aggressively pursue mining projects through transnational companies that are in conflict with indigenous communities. It would be great to hear about other examples in this group.

Ps: Please also check out this link that contain some excellent images showing the strong participation of women in this struggle. 

Comment by Jasmin Blessing on July 18, 2017 at 19:04

Dear EGMS members,

Tune in for the OXFAM Webinar: Learning from Extractive Industry Negotiations with Indigenous Peoples. The webinar will take place today Tuesday, July 18, from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT.

More info on Goxi.


Jasmin Blessing

EGMS Facilitator

Comment by Mulya Jules on July 13, 2017 at 19:09

Dear EGMS friends

I'm glad to have joined this group following Jasmin's invitation. I'm a DRC-based CSR consultant. I'm particularly interested in the correlation between weak political governance, and environmental and socials ills that develop in ASM as well as in certain LSM areas. How can this be mitigated knowing that we dont live in silos,  consequences are suffered by millions thousands of miles away.

Comment by Jasmin Blessing on July 13, 2017 at 0:13

Dear EGMS members,

This is just a reminder for the four upcoming webinars Strengthening Indigenous Peoples’ Capacity: Leadership and Rights by UNDP Equator Initiative

The  webinars will take place tomorrow 13th as well as 18th,25th and 27th of July. (in English and Spanish)

Please check out our event section for more details.


Jasmin Blessing

EGMS Facilitator

Comment by Environmental Governance Program on July 10, 2017 at 19:06

Dear EGMS members,

We thought you might be interested in these two interesting initiatives in Mozambique.

Please check out our new blog post about the Free, Prior and Informed Consent Workshop in Nampula as well as our post about the new Coordination Group of the Environmental Governance Program for the Mining sector in Mozambique.

Comments are welcome!


Jasmin Blessing

EGMS Facilitator 



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