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Environmental Governance and Conflict Prevention Community of Practice


Environmental Governance and Conflict Prevention Community of Practice

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

Who are we?

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

What is our objective?

One goal 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 want to provide a network and space for ideas from a global community of practitioners working on similar issues that contributes to this.

What is our focus?

The group is designed to share knowledge, experiences, raise awareness and improve skills and practice for improving environmental governance of the sector and for preventing and resolving socio-environmental conflict in the extractive sector- We want to understand how to better prevent adverse social, human rights and environmental impacts and explore ways to sustain these approaches as part of public institutions. 

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

How do you become a member?

We would now like to invite you to the group and contribute to the discussions by following these easy steps:

  1. If you are not already a member of GOXI, go to the Goxi website and sign up to become a member. 
  2. Once you are a Goxi member you can join our Community of Practice for Environmental Governance and Conflict Prevention in the Extractive Sector here.


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

Further assistance

Should you need any further assistance in signing up send an email to our community facilitators:

Norma Garza: Ngarza@worldbank.org

Jasmin Blessing: blessingjasmin@hotmail.com

Location: Global
Members: 115
Latest Activity: Mar 6

Environmental and Social Conflict Prevention in Extractives

If you need any more information about this initiative or need assistance signing up to our Community of Practice just email us. 


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Comment by Environmental Governance COP on October 24, 2017 at 0:23

Dear members,

Please check out the second part of our interview about biodiversity and human rights with Claudia Ituarte-Lima.  Claudia is an international law researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) and an expert in biodiversity and human rights issues.

Click here to read the second part of the interview about biodiversity and human rights.

If you have missed the first part of the interview you can access it here.

Any comments are welcome!


Jasmin Blessing

Goxi Facilitator

Comment by Jasmin Blessing on October 18, 2017 at 2:19

Dear members,

Please check out our latest blog about the recent first official visit of The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, John H. Knox,  to Mongolia.

Any comments are as always welcome.


Jasmin Blessing

Goxi Facilitator

Comment by Environmental Governance COP on October 13, 2017 at 17:59

Dear members,

Please check out our new Goxi blog on “How can we improve environmental governance in the mining sector?”


Jasmin and Sarah 

Comment by Environmental Governance COP on October 9, 2017 at 16:22

Hi GOXIians,

This week’s two first webinars on Environmental Governance of the Mining Sector brought together 269 people from around the world. These sessions focused on Mainstreaming of Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Human Rights in the Mining Sector, highlighting the case of Colombia. In case you missed this week’s webinars you can still catch it on you tube, thanks to our partners at the NBSAP Forum. You can access the uploaded recordings through our  playlist or get them directly in English and Spanish.

The webinars explored strategies to mitigate the effects of mining on human rights including the right to a safe and healthy environment of different groups in society, across time, and across different localities. Participants raised some very interesting questions on themes of environmental impact assessments, balancing economic development with environmental impacts, as well as the ecosystems and wellbeing framework.  In the coming days, we will post several of these questions in our blog on Biodiversity and Human Rights, for any GOXIians to discuss who may have experience, information or views on these topics.

This October we continue exploring the theme of biodiversity, human rights and mining and will be posting more news, resources and tweets. As a special highlight, we will publish an interview about Biodiversity and Human Rights with Claudia Ituarte, an international law researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), and Advisor at SwedBio at SRC about this topic.

In addition, we would also like to invite you to our other sessions. For more information visit https://goo.gl/dMaQs4. Registration is easy; just click this link and follow the instructions: https://goo.gl/K8P1Qq

Also check out the NBSAP Forum threads in English and Spanish and the List of resources for webinar 1 published in the NBSAP Forum here. Please note that, the Kenya-related webinar session was changed to Dec. 13 and an automatic email was sent to all registrants.

We hope to see you in November for our next session on Management of Mining Waste and Design for Closure. Stay tuned for further updates.

Jasmin and Sarah 

Comment by Piet Wostyn on October 3, 2017 at 16:03

Hi colleagues,
I have just posted on the biodiversity and ecosystem blog.
Would be great to hear about other examples from Goxi members across the world how businesses have started to improve environmental management to save biodiversity.
I look forward to your posts!

Comment by Environmental Governance COP on October 2, 2017 at 16:08

Dear members,

This is just a reminder to join our first webinar "Mainstreaming Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Human Rights into the Mining Sector - Case Study from Colombia” Thursday 5 October 2017 at 9 AM EST. This webinar is part of our October- December 2017 webinar series on Environmental Governance of the Mining Sector  that we are hosting together with the NBSAP Forum, the Swedish Environmental Protection AgencyGOXI, and UNDP

This series addresses environmental governance issues and the prevention of socio-environmental mining conflicts, and highlights experiences and lessons learned from several initiatives worldwide.  All webinars are available in English. We will offer one webinar each in Spanish, Portuguese and Mongolian. We describe the sessions and language offerings below. Register once and attend as many webinars as you want. 

The Spanish version of the webinar will take place tomorrow Tuesday, 3 October. More info here

Register here.

We look forward to seeing you in the webinar!

Best regards,

Jasmin and Sarah


Comment by Environmental Governance COP on September 25, 2017 at 22:38

Dear members,

Please check out our concept note for our September thematic month on Biodiversity and Ecosystems.

Please also join our first webinar Mainstreaming biodiversity, ecosystems services and human rights into the mining sector. Case Study from Colombia, 3 October.  More information about the webinar will be published shortly.

Best regards,

Jasmin Blessing

Goxi Facilitator 

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 COP 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)




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