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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: 135
Latest Activity: Jun 12, 2018

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 Mukasiri Sibanda on November 17, 2017 at 3:10

Blog: No questions asked policy for artisanal miners: a pulse check http://goxi.org/profiles/blogs/no-questions-asked-policy-for-artisa...

Comment by Environmental Governance COP on November 13, 2017 at 22:38

Hello Environmental Governance and Conflict Prevention colleagues. 

Received this article below from a colleague in Colombia and thought it might be of interest - it focusses on a significant conflict related to gold mining and ecosystem services in the Andes mountain range, Santurbán region. These high altitude wetlands, known as páramos form an area that supply water to millions of people. The Colombian Court has ruled that there was not adequate public participation in defining the boundaries of the páramos, sensitive high altitude wetlands where mining is prohibited.  

The article after the link is in Spanish.


This decision by a Colombian court follows much controversy about mining in this area. In 2016, the private investment arm of the World Bank -  IFC, decided to divest from the mining project of Canadian company Eco Oro Angostura gold and silver deposit in the Santurbán region. Another aspect of Eco Oro's controversial approach is the company's late 2016 decision to take the Government of Colombia to Arbitration with the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes. The claim relates to Eco Oro's dispute with Colombia that the state's measures to regulate mining activity in ecologically sensitive areas are allegedly inconsistent with the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement.  

Others may have more insight or correct any errors I have made? This case highlights many aspects of policy challenges that contribute to mining dispute and conflict -  including public participation in decision making, adequate access to information, and whether private investment tribunals infringe on state sovereignty to regulate natural resources domestically. 

What are your thoughts?

Reply on my blog here.



Comment by Environmental Governance COP on November 10, 2017 at 20:38

Dear members,

Marking the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, we are pleased to announce a new massive open online course (MOOC) on Environmental Security & Sustaining Peace.

Based on two decades of experience, UN Environment, the Environmental Law Institute, Columbia University, Duke University, and the University of California-Irvine have developed a MOOC on Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace. Offered on the SDG Academy platform, the Course synthesizes 100,000 pages of material and 225 case studies from over 60 post-conflict countries into seven hours of film.

The course addresses three key issues: (1) how natural resources and the environment contribute to or amplify armed conflict and violence; (2) how natural resources and the environment are impacted by war and armed conflict; and (3) how natural resources and the environment can support post-conflict peacebuilding and reconstruction. Our MOOC is geared toward technical experts, field practitioners, and advanced university students.


The eight-week MOOC starts on 1 March 2018 but official registration launches today! Join us to learn how we can make natural resources a source of cooperation, rather than conflict.


You can enroll for the MOOC here: https://courses.sdgacademy.org/learn/environmental-security-and-sus...



Comment by Piet Wostyn on October 24, 2017 at 11:40

hi all, I took the time to go through the very interesting 'long read' about artisanal sapphire miners in Madagaskar and made a humble attempt to convert the nicely illustrated long read into a short summary:


Comment by Piet Wostyn on October 24, 2017 at 9:37

hi all, i highly recommend the short summary written by our moderator Jasmin Blessing (cf a few comments below) about the recent official visit of The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, John H. Knox,  to Mongolia: very interesting read, pinpointing many concrete issues that are (now?) on the table! I added some comments at the bottom.

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!



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