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Interview with Sara Juarez Sales

 What happened - describe the dam failure, and its impacts on people, the environment? 

In November 2015, the Fundão iron ore mine tailings dam failed in Brazil. After the damn break, 39 million meters of iron ore tailings spilled into the Doce river, and from…


Added by Jasmin Blessing on November 15, 2017 at 20:24 — No 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. …


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

Call for papers: Mining in comparative perspective: trends, transformations and theories

The Conflict Research Group of Ghent University is pleased to announce an international mining conference on 13-14 December in Ghent, Belgium. The aim of this two-day conference is to take stock of a selective number of trends and developments in current research on the political, economic and socio-cultural aspects of mining in the Global South, bringing together…


Added by Jasmin Blessing on August 7, 2017 at 23:24 — 1 Comment

OXFAM Webinar: Learning from Extractive Industry Negotiations with Indigenous Peoples

OXFAM, Conservation International, and Rainforest Foundation invite you to attend a panel discussion with Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh.

The webinar is titled: Let’s Make a Deal? Learning from Extractive Industry Negotiations with Indigenous Peoples. The webinar will take place at Oxfam America on Tuesday, July 18, from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. (Oxfam America Office, …


Added by Jasmin Blessing on July 18, 2017 at 18:58 — No Comments

BANKING ON CLIMATE CHANGE Fossil Fuel Finance Report Card 2017

Available here.


Added by Jasmin Blessing on July 10, 2017 at 23:33 — No Comments

Coordinator, Environment

Deadline to apply: July 20, 2017

Cigar Lake’s environment team is responsible for the promotion, regulation and management of environmental matters at the mining operation. In this role you will be responsible for management of the daily activities of the environment department by providing guidance, leadership and priority setting of team goals, as well as developing and delivering technical training to environment technicians and site employees as…


Added by Jasmin Blessing on July 10, 2017 at 23:30 — No Comments

Making environmental protection priority

NKOLE NKOLE, Kalumbila

ONLY last month, Kabwe town in Central Province was named the world’s most toxic town according to pollution experts. The experts believe that a century of lead mining in Kabwe has now earned the town its negative tag.

Over the years, there have been concerns about environmental management in the Copperbelt Province as well because of poorly- managed environmental impacts from mining in that area.

Specific concerns regard mine…


Added by Jasmin Blessing on July 10, 2017 at 23:27 — No Comments

Barrick Gold Tanzania Operations Accused of Financial and Human Rights Abuses – Executives Once Again Fail to Address Human Rights Abuses

(Ottawa) Barrick Gold Corp.’s top brass flew to Tanzania for a meeting with President Magufuli on June 14 to deal with accusations by the Tanzanian government that Barrick’s local subsidiary Acacia (63.9 % owned by Barrick) has failed to pay taxes owed, is underreporting the value of minerals exported out of Tanzania, and is operating without a legal licence.

Just days after Barrick’s Executive Chairman, John Thornton, met with Magufuli, gunshots rang out again at Barrick/Acacia’s…


Added by Jasmin Blessing on July 10, 2017 at 23:24 — No Comments

Op-Ed: The DRC is revisiting its mining code. Why reform is long overdue

The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) recently announced plans to reintroduce the shelved changes to the country’s mining code.

The current mining code, introduced in 2002, was based on a draft prepared under the auspices of the World Bank. Its primary objective was to relaunch the industrial mining sector following the Congo Wars of 1996 to 2003 by opening it up to foreign investors. While it has been successful in achieving…


Added by Jasmin Blessing on July 10, 2017 at 23:21 — No Comments

Mexican Organizations Bring the Fight for Justice for the Murder of Mariano Abarca to the International Level

(Ottawa) More than seven years since the murder of Mariano Abarca in Chicomuselo, Chiapas, his widow and children announced this week that they have filed a petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights against the Mexican government. Mariano was shot at close range and murdered outside his restaurant on November 27, 2009 in connection with his leadership in the fight against the social and environmental impacts of Blackfire Exploration’s barite mine that operated for two years…


Added by Jasmin Blessing on July 10, 2017 at 23:17 — No Comments

Investors slowly start to push climate change up their agenda


Added by Jasmin Blessing on July 10, 2017 at 23:08 — No Comments

Mining in Mali: balancing prospects and problems


Already a significant gold producer, Mali’s mining sector is poised for further growth after the country’s Chamber of Mines recently tripled estimates of the country’s bauxite reserves, following several new discoveries. This is good news for Mali and miners alike; yet it’s not all positive. Mali’s mining sector faces many challenges ahead –…


Added by Jasmin Blessing on July 10, 2017 at 23:02 — No Comments

No plans for deep sea mining

SEABED deep sea mineral mining will not be conducted in waters around Fiji in the near future, says Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources permanent secretary Malakai Finau.

"The costs involved are absolutely huge," he said.

"Current exploration interest is in its very early or preliminary stages, we haven't even reached the advanced stages as yet.

"Seabed resource exploration requires a lot of resources. One of the biggest costs is the need to engage a…


Added by Jasmin Blessing on July 10, 2017 at 23:00 — No Comments

Few rich nations properly manage resources

More than 80 per cent of the world's major mining, oil and gas-producing countries fail to adequately govern the way they extract and manage natural resources, according to an index that tracks accountability and corruption.

Eritrea was the worst performer in the annual index released by the New York-based Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), while Norway ranked top, closely followed by Chile, Britain and Canada.

The index…


Added by Jasmin Blessing on July 10, 2017 at 22:55 — No Comments

Free, Prior and Informed Consent Workshop in Nampula Mozambique

Oxfam and UNDP organized a capacity building workshop on Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in Nampula, Mozambique from 28- 29 June, 2017. This workshop brought together forty experts of Civil Society Organizations from the provinces of Manica, Cabo Delgado and Nampula that work on natural…


Added by Jasmin Blessing on July 5, 2017 at 22:00 — 1 Comment

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