sharing in governance of extractive industries
The Environmental Governance programme of the mining sector (EGP) by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and UNDP aims to strengthen Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Environmental Public Administration. In this context, the EGP supports states to perform their necessary role in environmental policy. In this context, in May 2017, the Environmental Governance team (EGP) in Mozambique has established the EGP-Moz Coordination Group to improve inter-ministerial coordination in advancing a coherent environmental agenda.
The members of the group are the National Human Rights Commission, The Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development, The Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy and UNDP.
For Mozambique, the management of the environmental impact of extractive industries is a key challenge, just as it is for many other resource-dependent developing countries. The rights of affected communities to a safe, clean and healthy environment cannot be guaranteed without effective environmental management, especially given the power imbalances that exist between multi-national corporate mining interests and vulnerable local populations. Often, the already weak local administrations are overwhelmed to respond to environmental impacts in large mining districts.
The role of the Coordination Group is to ensure the smooth operationalisation of the EGP program in Mozambique including the support and monitoring of EGP Moz activities in Mozambique, the sharing of information related to mining, environment and human rights as well as the participation in the Goxi platform, and events and meetings related to the Environmental Governance Program.
How does the group function?
The EGP-Moz Coordination Group will meet quarterly. The next meetings are scheduled for August and November 2017.
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