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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: 21 hours ago

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 June 13, 2017 at 16:39

Dear members,

Tune in at 12:30 EST for live discussion on Extractive Industries: Changes, Opportunities and Challenges hosted by CCSI, the World Bank and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Starting in two hours!

Comment by Jasmin Blessing on June 13, 2017 at 16:25

Dear EGMS members,

Please check out RESOURCE CONTRACTS, a repository of publicly available oil, gas, and mining contracts. The new ResourceContracts.org site has been developed in partnership with the World Bank, the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment.

The repository features plain language summaries of each contract’s key social, environmental, human rights, fiscal, and operational terms, and tools for searching and comparing contracts. The portal contains agreements with government and large scale mining companies on oil and gas contracts, amongst others. There are 1495 contracts and supporting documents uploaded from 89 countries and 45 resources at www.resourcecontracts.org

We hope that this new resource might be useful for some of you.


Jasmin Blessing

EGMS Facilitator

Comment by Environmental Governance COP on June 12, 2017 at 22:51

Dear EGMs members,

We invite you to review the first draft of the How-To Guidance Note on Integrating Human Rights into Environmental Governance of Mining.

This How-To Guidance Note has been developed jointly by the UNDP Bureau for Policy and Programme Support and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and as part of a cross-practice collaboration between the Sustainable Development and Governance & Peacebuilding Clusters under the “Joint Global Programme for Environmental Governance for Sustainable Natural Resources Management.”

This note illustrates how to ensure more holistic, rights-based governance approaches of the mining sector that helps prevent environmental degradation and any negative social and human rights impacts. In addition, it provides tools and methodologies for ensuring better social and environmental outcomes in line with the SDGs at each stage of the mining cycle. 

We welcome any comments on the content, structure and presentation of the guidance, including suggestions for additional resources and country experiences. Your contributions will be recognized in the final document.

The final Note will be made available online as a searchable and updatable living reference document, in addition to printed and shorter summary versions. It will also be used as the basis for an on-line self-paced course.

Please share your written inputs with ann.pedersen@undp.org and tim.scott@undp.org  by 30 June.

You can access the draft Guidance Note and TORS here.


Jasmin Blessing

EGMS Facilitator 


Comment by Jasmin Blessing on June 7, 2017 at 17:23

Dear EGMS members,

Please check out the Botwana Mining Investment and Governance Review now uploaded in our Goxi Library.


Jasmin Blessing

EGMS Facilitator

Comment by Environmental Governance COP on June 6, 2017 at 15:55

Dear EGMS members,

Today we have launched our News Digest! Every two weeks Goxi´s Environmental Governance of the Mining Sector Sub-Group sends out a news digest on extractive industry topics related to Human Rights, Environmental Governance and Extractives. This newsfeed features, events, job opportunities and news related to extractives governance.

You can access the newsdigest here.


Jasmin Blessing

Comment by Environmental Governance COP on June 1, 2017 at 23:32

Dear all,

We are pleased to share with you our May Newsletter. This edition highlights our work at the country and global level over the past four months. It also flags upcoming events, publications and learning activities.


Jasmin Blessing
EGMS Group Facilitator

Comment by Environmental Governance COP on June 1, 2017 at 21:03

Dear all,

Please check out the new blog post
"Funding the SDGs in Resource-Rich Countries"

Jasmin Blessing
EGMS Group Facilitaor

Comment by Jasmin Blessing on May 31, 2017 at 18:24

Thanks for your post Piet!  

Environmental friendly investment policies have the potential to make a significant positive change to both the environment and local communities by delivering environmental benefits and minimizing any adverse impacts that could arise from mining activities.

In your countries have investors been willing to incorporate environmental aspects in their investment projects?

I am sharing an article about the experience of Ecuador in which Chinese banks have ignored pleas of Ecuador mining campaigners following the Chinese takeover of a controversial copper mining project in the Amazon.

Would be great to hear experiences from other countries.

Comment by Piet Wostyn on May 30, 2017 at 17:52

Dear all, I would like to share a recent article by Banktrack on 'Banks and mining', a topic that I think needs more attention. Mining often has profound social and environmental impacts, severely affecting the quality and available quantity of land and water. As we have seen here on Goxi, mining often has a disproportionately negative impact on land-based communities, especially Indigenous Peoples. Investors play an important role and could give a strong leverage to a stronger focus by mining companies on the management and mitigation of these social and environmental impacts by applying a clear and transparent investment policy. See

What do you all think?

Comment by Jasmin Blessing on May 30, 2017 at 17:18

Dear all,

Please check out the Executive Training on Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development, organized by Colombia University from  5-16 June.


Jasmin Blessing

EGMS Community Facilitator



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