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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 …Continue
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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…Continue
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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 …Continue
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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…Continue
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…Continue
-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…Continue
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.…Continue
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Protestors were occupying the oil installations of Argentine oil company Pluspetrol just a few weeks ago. The …Continue
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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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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…Continue
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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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All eyes are on Peru’s new president, Ollanta Humala, in his…
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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–…Continue
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