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Featured Blog Posts – October 2017 Archive (31)

A Tale of the ‘Bulldozer’, Thorn-ton & the Subterfuge

Tanzanians have heard it all. The world has not heard the last of it. Uncle Magufuli and his team were all teeth out yesterday when a certain Thornton jetted-in and broke the news that there is bucks for take at the tune of US $300 million. This comes when the US $190 Billion tax…

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Added by AfrikaYetu on October 31, 2017 at 11:19 — 1 Comment

Capturing capital gains tax on indirect transfers of mineral rights: the HOW TO

Dear Goxians

Do you remember that story happening in early May 2016:

The miner Freeport McMoRan sold its 56% controlling stake in the Tenke Fungurume copper mine - one of the biggest mining projects in the DRC - to China Molybdenum Inc. (CMOC) for $2.65 billion. The DRC received nothing from this deal.  Indeed, the DRC did not even know it was happening, despite owning a 20% equity stake in the project. This is because…

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Added by Perrine Toledano on October 30, 2017 at 12:30 — 4 Comments

Time To Stamp Out Corruption In Commodity Trading

by Elisa Peter, Executive Director, Publish What You Pay

An explosive investigation by Swiss NGO Public Eye has revealed the complex tangle by which Gunvor, one of the world’s biggest oil traders, made secret payments to officials in the Republic of Congo for access to the country’s assets. 

The world’s efforts to stamp out…

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Added by Publish What You Pay on October 24, 2017 at 10:16 — No Comments

Interview part 2 with Claudia Ituarte-Lima on Biodiversity and Human Rights

This is second  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 COP on October 24, 2017 at 0:00 — No Comments

2018 National Budget Expectations: The Quest to Make Mineral Wealth Work for All: AMV

“Much as government prides itself as a champion on broad based economic empowerment through indigenisation programmes, without access to information, citizens are blindfolded to see how their mineral wealth is being accounted for.”…

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Added by Mukasiri Sibanda on October 23, 2017 at 19:26 — No Comments

Invitation to register: Climate Change – Extractive Industries – Resource Efficiency @COP23

Invitation to the specialist event:…

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Added by Extractives and Development on October 23, 2017 at 12:00 — No Comments

Four lessons on communicating ASM stories of change

The artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector has many problems – and good stories are not often heard. Gabriela Flores looks at how effective communications can help mining communities learn about good practices that are being developed by their peers

"We want to be appreciated for what we are doing," were the first words that a Ghanaian adviser to small-scale gold mines said to me in a recent interview. Coming from someone who travels from small mine to small…

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Added by IIED on October 22, 2017 at 18:53 — 1 Comment

Running the Numbers: ADB and OpenOil launch a report on government modeling capacity

Geneva, 19 October 2017 - The African Development Bank (AfDB) and OpenOil, a Berlin-based financial analysis firm, have jointly produced a new report on how African governments use financial models to manage oil & gas and mining projects. The report was launched at the 13th Annual…

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Added by Johnny West on October 19, 2017 at 16:22 — No Comments

Is your tax break really necessary? The story of Yaoure gold mine in Cote d'Ivoire

The publication of the financial model of Yaoure gold mine shows what can be done: both in the tricky area of what tax incentives offer, and in terms of building government analytical capacity.

OpenOil, with support from the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), worked with colleagues from Cote d’Ivoire’s Ministry of…

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Added by Johnny West on October 19, 2017 at 8:30 — No Comments

LONGREAD: Sapphire mines become forests

Sapphires from the island of Madagascar, ranked among Earth's top ten most ecologically diverse countries, wow the world's top traders and jewellers. The nation supplies roughly 40 per cent of all the world's sapphires – yet artisanal sapphire mining harms both this rich biodiversity and the wider environment.

Despite its environmental and mineral riches, Madagascar remains among the world's poorest countries. Seventy-five per cent of Madagascans live below the poverty…

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Added by IIED on October 18, 2017 at 13:53 — 3 Comments

Visit of United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment to Mongolia

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, John H. Knox, undertook his first official visit to Mongolia from 19 to 27 September 2017. The purpose of his mission was to assess how the country is promoting human rights in the context of environmental protection. …

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Added by Jasmin Blessing on October 18, 2017 at 1:30 — 1 Comment

Exercising Indigenous Rights Increases Risks of Criminalization, Violence and Death

 There is much to celebrate since the 2007 signing of the Declaration of the rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)1. The internationalization of Indigenous rights has certainly not been without consequence. The signing of the Declaration, the development of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights2, and an increasing corporate attention to the issues and practice of Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) have confirmed the minimum standards of…

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Added by Terry Mitchell on October 17, 2017 at 19:25 — No Comments

Call for Papers: OGEL/TDM Special Issue with ArbitralWomen "Strategic Considerations in Energy Disputes"

Oil, Gas and Energy Law (OGEL, ISSN 1875-418X)

www.ogel.org/news.asp?key=557

Transnational Dispute Management (TDM, ISSN 1875-4120) 

www.transnational-dispute-management.com/news.asp?key=1682

We are pleased to announce a forthcoming joint OGEL &…

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Added by OGEL Journal on October 17, 2017 at 16:31 — No Comments

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

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 COP 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 COP 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 COP on October 5, 2017 at 23:00 — No Comments

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