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Will Shell turn the tide on community consent?

A new public commitment by Shell may mark a shift in companies’ adoption of free, prior, and informed consent.

For years oil companies have been reluctant to commit to the principle of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC), but this trend might be on the brink of a shift. Oil giant Shell just included a public commitment to FPIC in their 2016 …

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Added by Emily Greenspan on May 18, 2017 at 16:06 — No Comments

Déjà vu in Peru: The UN sounds the alarm again on extreme pollution in Peru

This post was co-authored by Miguel Levano, Land Rights and Extractive Industries Officer at Oxfam Peru.

The UN special rapporteur on hazardous substances and wastes Baskut Tuncat sounded the alarm after observing oil pollution on his recent visit to block 192 (formerly block 1 A-B) of the northern Peruvian Amazon. Block 192 is an area inhabited by indigenous peoples that has…

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Added by Emily Greenspan on May 12, 2016 at 23:30 — No Comments

123s and FPICs: New human rights report has all the community consent essentials

Indigenous communities have the right to say “no” before large-scale projects begin, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights says in its latest report. The Commission – a body of the Organization of American States tasked with promoting and protecting human rights in the Americas – just launched a …

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Added by Emily Greenspan on April 26, 2016 at 16:50 — No Comments

Why should the World Bank support Free, Prior and Informed Consent? Their report explains.

New World Bank report calls for Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) in the midst of ongoing World Bank consultations on its own safeguards.

Next week the World Bank will host a public consultation in Washington DC around its draft environmental and social “safeguards”— World Bank policies that aim to avoid…

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Added by Emily Greenspan on February 19, 2016 at 18:41 — 1 Comment

Getting to “no” in mining and community consent

When it comes to community consultation policies, mining companies are moving in the right direction – but one thing continues to be a sticking point: the ability of communities to say “no.”

I don’t really think it’s up for debate that “no” means “no”. Unfortunately, when it comes to mining companies and indigenous communities, the jury may still be out.

These days, it’s relatively common for mining companies to discuss and make commitments to respect community…

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Added by Emily Greenspan on November 30, 2015 at 23:01 — 4 Comments

The right to say "No": Indigenous rights experts weigh in on community consent

"I think the issue of consent goes to the very core of the rights that indigenous peoples are entitled to...because it is central to the whole notion of hegemony over property, culture, and I think their very existence."

-Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, Chair and special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Many mining companies are promising to get the consent of indigenous…

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Added by Emily Greenspan on August 21, 2015 at 21:27 — 1 Comment

4 critical ways oil, gas, and mining companies must support local community rights

Oxfam’s new report reviews the public policy commitments of 38 oil, gas, and mining companies around issues of community engagement and rights.

This blog can also be found on Oxfam America's site.

For oil, gas, and mining companies, gaining access to land and water can make or break a project.…

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Added by Emily Greenspan on August 4, 2015 at 15:55 — No Comments

Protestors and UN report test Peru's new indigenous peoples' consultation law

Groups find significant gaps in the Peruvian government’s approach to protecting indigenous rights.

Protestors were occupying the oil installations of Argentine oil company Pluspetrol just a few weeks ago. The …

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Added by Emily Greenspan on May 19, 2014 at 22:30 — No Comments

A new threat to Peru’s indigenous peoples’ consultation law

United Nations visit highlights importance of continued negotiation with indigenous peoples.

January 16th, 2014 | by Emily Greenspan
 

Will Peru’s implementation of its…

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Added by Emily Greenspan on January 17, 2014 at 23:58 — No Comments

Doomed to fail: Outsiders’ assessments of the impact of mining and oil projects

Community-led processes hold the key for minimizing harm and maximizing benefits.

 

I sat in a hot, dusty, sticky room, filled to the brim with community leaders and civil society representatives. We fanned ourselves and listened as the official spoke.

A representative of Kenya’s national environmental agency held up…

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Added by Emily Greenspan on December 19, 2013 at 17:42 — 1 Comment

Hard-learned lessons on Free Prior Informed Consent in the Philippines

Governments tend to get a bit squeamish when you begin talking to them about Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC). FPIC requires that communities receive timely and adequate information about oil and mining projects that affect them and they have the ability to approve or reject these projects.

Not surprisingly, governments get…

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Added by Emily Greenspan on October 23, 2013 at 15:56 — No Comments

Brazil's new mining code: What's the rush?

3 reasons why Brazil should abandon plans to approve a revised mining code in the next 90 days

After four years of discussion of mining code reforms happening behind closed doors, the Brazilian government has decided to allow just 90 days for public debate on the contents of a revised draft of its 45-year old Mining Code. It’s being enacted on a “legal urgency” basis, but many Brazilians agree that this new bill will have major implications for citizen engagement in…

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Added by Emily Greenspan on July 23, 2013 at 18:15 — No Comments

ICMM commits to Free Prior Informed Consent standard

Last week the International Council of Metals and Mining (ICMM) released a new mining and indigenous peoples position statement requiring its 22 member companies to integrate Free Prior…

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Added by Emily Greenspan on May 24, 2013 at 20:10 — No Comments

Peru backslides on indigenous rights

Recent statements from the Peruvian government do not bode well for implementation of Peru’s new Indigenous Peoples Consultation Law (Consultation Law). The landmark law, passed in 2011 and now being implemented, requires the Peruvian government to consult indigenous peoples affected directly by development policies and projects such as oil drilling, mining, roads and forestry. Consultations must aim to achieve agreement or consent. If implemented effectively, the law could help reduce the…

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Added by Emily Greenspan on May 8, 2013 at 18:22 — No Comments

From Pennsylvania to Peru: "Promised Land" Movie Highlights Universal Extraction Challenges

From Pennsylvania to Peru: "Promised Land" Movie Highlights Universal Extraction Challenges

 

Promised Land is now in theaters and I couldn’t wait to see it given my day job at Oxfam. Matt Damon and John Krasinski star. The movie depicts a small rural town in Pennsylvania as an…

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Added by Emily Greenspan on February 5, 2013 at 18:47 — No Comments

New year, new IFC?

New year, new IFC?

January 23rd, 2012 | by Emily Greenspan, policy advisor at Oxfam America
 
Last August, we lauded the International Finance Corporation (IFC)—the private sector lending arm of the World…
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Added by Emily Greenspan on January 24, 2012 at 0:08 — No Comments

To drill or not to drill?

The present controversy in the US surrounding the proposed Keystone XL pipeline highlights a challenge that many countries face as the global search for oil, gas, and other natural resources continues to expand its reach. Governments facing oil and mining development decisions are forced to weigh their desire to promote energy security against the need to protect local water sources and other natural resources critical to the lives and livelihoods of the communities that will be impacted by…

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Added by Emily Greenspan on November 22, 2011 at 18:09 — No Comments

Peru's Congress passes precedent-setting Consultation Law

Peru’s Congress passes precedent-setting Consultation Law

 

All eyes are on Peru’s new president, Ollanta Humala, in his…

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Added by Emily Greenspan on September 2, 2011 at 16:37 — No Comments

Big victories for indigenous peoples and transparency advocates

http://politicsofpoverty.oxfamamerica.org/index.php/2011/08/10/big-victories-for-indigenous-peoples-and-transparency-advocates/

 

Big wins for the poor sometime come in unlikely venues. This week the International Finance Corporation (IFC)–the private sector lending arm of the World Bank Group–…

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Added by Emily Greenspan on August 12, 2011 at 16:56 — No Comments

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