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Featured Blog Posts – October 2017 Archive (19)

GOXI Member Survey- Share your feedback by October 26

Fellow GOXIans,

GOXI is seeking your feedback about this platform.  We are almost at the …

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Added by Norma Garza on October 17, 2017 at 7:04 — No Comments

Weekly GOXI: October 16, 2017

A weekly digest of activity on GOXI

The GOXI Learning Series on Biodiversity and Human Rights continues with an interview with…

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Added by GOXI on October 17, 2017 at 4:03 — No Comments

How can we improve environmental governance in the mining sector?

By Jasmin Blessing, and Sarah Daitch, GOXI Community Facilitators

 

The SDGs represent the world’s plan for action for social inclusion, environmental sustainability and economic progress. The mining industry has enormous potential to advance the SDGs and to promote economic development.  This…

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Added by Environmental Governance Program on October 13, 2017 at 17:30 — No Comments

Interview with Claudia Ituarte-Lima on Biodiversity and Human Rights

This is the first part of the interview with Claudia Ituarte-Lima. Claudia is an international law researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), and serves as Advisor at …

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Added by Environmental Governance Program on October 11, 2017 at 14:30 — No Comments

Communities Empowered To Drive The Tax Justice Campaign

How communities are engaging with government and mining companies to fight for a fair share of mining benefit is at the heart of the Tax Justice agenda. So, as part of its drive to empower mining communities, the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) conducted a tax justice training of trainers meeting in mineral rich Runde district on 15 June 2017. 15 participants were involved from mineral rich communities such as Mhondongori (platinum), Murowa (diamonds) and Mapirimira (chrome).…

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Added by Mukasiri Sibanda on October 9, 2017 at 16:01 — No Comments

Contract Transparency Critical To Enable Transparency In The Mining Sector

Corporates are less resistant to the idea of disclosing payments made to governments and corporate beneficial ownership compared to the reasons why they make payments to government” Rob Pitman

Recent developments concerning mandatory disclosure of payments made to governments by mining companies listed in EU, Canada and USA in addition to Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) reports have changed the transparency…

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Added by Mukasiri Sibanda on October 9, 2017 at 15:55 — No Comments

Positive or negative effects on agriculture, fisheries, forestry?

Which studies exist that quantify the positive or negative effect that mining has on economic activities (e.g. agriculture, fisheries, forestry)?

Added by Per Stromberg on October 9, 2017 at 9:34 — 2 Comments

How can we restore biodiversity and ecosystem services in mining and industrial sites?

Introduction

Restoration of ecosystems on post-mining and post-industrial sites represents an important part of contemporary restoration ecology. Over the globe, about 1 % of land surface was directly influenced by mining activities (Walker 1999) and if we include various…

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Added by Environmental Governance Program on October 5, 2017 at 23:00 — No Comments

UN expert urges fresh Mongolia action on environment

UN expert urges fresh Mongolia action on environment

This article was originally published here

Added by Environmental Governance Program on October 5, 2017 at 22:30 — No Comments

In a Low-Carbon Future, Better Mineral Governance Could Power Development

In spite of the U.S. government’s possible withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, policies to reduce carbon emissions continue to gather pace. In July, the U.K. government announced plans to ban the sale of gasoline and diesel cars by 2040, following in…

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Added by Alex Tilley on October 5, 2017 at 11:33 — No Comments

Biodiversity and Human Rights

Biodiversity and Human Rights

In March 2017, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment presented the…

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Added by GOXI on October 4, 2017 at 0:56 — No Comments

Community liaison officers: exploring the frontline of corporate practice in the oil and gas sector

Community liaison officers - or CLOs - play a vitally important role in developing and maintaining relationships with communities living close to the sites of company operations. When their role is structured and supported well, CLOs make an essential contribution to a company’s social licence to operate. Yet in regions where regulations and institutions are weak, where there is little awareness of the corporate world, and where needs and expectations are high, these roles can be…

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Added by Emma Wilson on October 3, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Can Data Driven Advocacy Change Mineral Revenue Transparency Landscape in Zimbabwe

For Zimbabweans, mineral revenue transparency reforms have proved to be a mirage.  Possibly hope evaporated with the domestic version of the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI), the Zimbabwe Mineral Revenue Transparency Initiative (ZMRTI) failing to take off since 2011.  Without transparency in the mining sector, it is difficult for the public to have a hard talk with government and mining companies on how their mineral…

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Added by Mukasiri Sibanda on October 3, 2017 at 6:55 — No Comments

New Resources Policy Article: Extractive industries in forest landscapes: options for synergy with REDD+

Extractive industries in forest landscapes: options for synergy with REDD+ and development of standards in the Democratic Republic of Congo…

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Added by Kirsten Hund on October 2, 2017 at 18:48 — No Comments

New Publication: Toolkit for Transfer Pricing Risk Assessment for the African Mining Industry

Base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) to countries with low tax rates by multinational resource enterprises is having a negative impact on domestic resource mobilization in developing countries. The loss of tax revenue that results from BEPS practices puts increasing pressure on public budgets and limits the options available to the countries concerned to finance their own development and the achievement of the SDGs.…

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Added by Extractives and Development on October 2, 2017 at 10:29 — No Comments

Communique from the 1st Uganda-Tanzania CSO Convening on the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline

23rd – 24th August, 2017

LAICO, Lake Victoria Hotel, Entebbe, Uganda

 

We, representatives of faith-based organizations, civil society organizations, community-based organizations, local government, media and academics from Uganda, Tanzania, and international partners from Nigeria, Chad and the United States of America met on August 23- 24, 2017 in Entebbe, Uganda to share information, experiences and lessons, and deliberate on the proposed…

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Added by Gilbert Makore on October 2, 2017 at 8:59 — No Comments

How Helpful or Harmful is RBZ Export Tax Incentive Scheme

Introduction

Globally, the mining sector has gained notoriety for not paying its fair share of taxes to mineral rich and mineral dependant countries. African countries being the most affected. Consequently, curbing Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs), illegal and immoral but legal activities, is high on the agenda for development finance. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will forever…

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Added by Mukasiri Sibanda on October 2, 2017 at 7:14 — No Comments

EMERGENCE ET EXPLOITATION MINIERE AU CAMEROUN : Faut-il exploiter l’Uranium ?

http://www.sortirdunucleaire.org/Rapport-d-expert-sur-l-exploitation-de-l-uranium

Cette publication se présente comme un regard interrogateur des perspectives d’exploitation de l’uranium au Cameroun, pays qui possède de nombreux gisements.

Au vu des risques sanitaires incommensurables pour les populations locales (à partir des conséquences analysées de ce qui s’est passé au Niger…

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Added by René Eric Etoga Fouda on October 1, 2017 at 8:52 — No Comments

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