sharing in governance of extractive industries
Last week in Stockholm we had the opportunity to meet with the teams from the 4 countries (Mozambique, Mongolia, Kenya and Colombia) in which the pilot-RoLPA evaluation is implemented. Some lessons left to me this meeting:
Constant communication between working groups conducting the surveys, is very important as this is a new survey, with questions that have not yet been field-tested and on sensitive issues. Lessons and adjustment needs of the surveys will be of great value for the teams of the four countries.
Technical aspects of the RoLPA pilot survey, including number of users involved in the process and data analysis, as well as the profile of the user, are important aspects that need to be discuss while the survey is implemented.
Including the environment as an essential right in the decisions of the mining sector is fundamental in contexts of conflict such as the Colombian. However, resolving situations of poverty, lack of opportunities, lack of access to appropriate extraction technologies and strengthening of the entire mining artisanal production chain, are conditions for small-scale mining to be able to move towards environmental sustainability.
It is essential to integrate into the programme, activities that explicitly contribute to overcoming situations of conflict for women in mining contexts.
Understanding and recognizing the link between sound environment and the viability of mining, would contribute to achieving the long-term viability of mining.
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