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 Goxi Learning Series Webinars in 2017/2018: 

Webinar 1#: Mainstreaming Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Human Rights into the Mining Sector - Case Study from Colombia

The first webinar on Environmental Governance of the Mining Sector, held once in English and once in Portuguese, brought together 269 people from across all over the world.

The webinar explored strategies to mitigate the effects of mining on human rights including the right to a safe and healthy environment of different groups in society, across time, and across different localities. The webinar introduced the ecosystem services framework and explained how it can be used to enhance public decision-making and strengthened Environmental Impact Assessment procedures, thus preventing the negative effects of mining.

The webinar focused also on the environmental licensing functions and tasks of government institutions at the national and regional level. Using Colombia as a case study, the role of public administration in promoting good governance and preventing environmental harm by the mining sector was analyzed.

Participants raised provoking questions about environmental impact assessments, balancing economic development with environmental impacts, as well as the ecosystems and wellbeing framework. For example, one participant asked, “does the economic benefit of mining justify the environmental damage?”

Some insights emerging from the first webinar are that human rights principles should be guiding the criteria prior to granting a mining concession, requiring an examination of whether societal benefits of the project are larger than the societal costs.

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Webinar #2: Management of Mining Waste and Design for Closure

The webinars provided an overview of mining waste management, with a special focus on the need to ensure safe and orderly closure once mining has ceased. They addressed human rights issues related to mining waste management and mine closure, how harm and conflict can be prevented, and what that implies in terms of governance. Case studies from Mozambique and Brazil were used as a starting point for discussions and sharing of experiences.

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Webinar #3: Environmental Monitoring Part 1: The fundamentals and access to information

This webinar provided a broad overview of environmental monitoring, with a special focus on mining. We discussed relevant human rights principles, and the needs for environmental monitoring during the different stages of a mining project, from planning to post-closure. A case study from Mongolia was used as a starting point for discussions and sharing experiences.

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Webinar #4: Meaningful Stakeholder Involvement in Decision-making Processes

This webinar provided a broad overview of meaningful stakeholder engagement and why it matters. We explored tools you can use to develop effective strategies to integrate stakeholder engagement into the environmental management of mining. A case study from Kenya was used as a starting point for discussions and sharing experiences

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Webinar #5: Environmental Monitoring, Part II: Can participatory environmental monitoring committees empower citizens to shape decision making? 

This webinar complemented Environmental Monitoring Part 1: The fundamentals and access to information. The webinar explored the work of community-based environmental monitoring committees and its goal was to enable those participating, to come away with a better understanding of how these committees work, what their role is, and what some of their strengths are, as well as the challenges they face. We addressed the question of whether the committees can empower citizens to shape decision making on mining in their areas and be a tool to prevent conflict from escalating. Cases from Peru and Mongolia were used for discussion and sharing of experiences from different contexts.

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Webinar #6: The Role of Government in Preventing or Enabling Conflict in the extractive sector

The webinar explored the role and responsibility of government in extractive conflicts. The webinar focussed on how governments can help prevent the escalation of conflict related to mining, oil and gas, and transform socio-environmental conflict into opportunities for development. Participants came away from this webinar with a better understanding of the root causes, drivers and pathways of conflict in the mining, oil and gas sectors. Findings from a new study on this topic, and  two cases in Latin America: one from Colombia and one from Peru were examined. Governments in these countries took specific approaches to build stronger institutional capacity to prevent the escalation of conflict and address systemic causes. These cases were used as a basis for discussion and sharing of experiences. 

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Webinar #7 Grievance Mechanisms as Tools to Manage Conflict in the Extractive Sector

In this webinar, we discussed global social and environmental standards, and the grievance mechanisms that underlie them. The role of these standards and mechanisms in preventing and addressing conflict in the mining, oil and gas sectors were also be addressed. We will explored two cases managed by the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO), which is a grievance and accountability mechanism of the International Finance Corporation. The English webinar  featured a CAO case from a mine in Mongolia, and the Spanish webinar featured a CAO case from a mine in Peru. 

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