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The RAMR2D network working on Motion 67 at IUCN

The members of the Responsible Mining and Sustainable Development Network were in Marseille from September 3 to 11, 2021 for the IUCN Biodiversity Summit, where they discussed IUCN Motion 67 on biodiversity.

Having communicated its comments to IUCN members before and during the summit, the vote on this motion was the objective of the network members’ presence in Marseille during this week dedicated to Biodiversity. 

This reflection is summarized in five (5) essential points:

  1. Building bridges for multi-stakeholder dialogue

Our proposals:

  • Establish spaces for dialogue between public decision-makers, civil society, operators, and academic and development actors to share good practices and strengthen coordination between initiatives. 
  • Create an environment for sincere and transparent exchange within the stakeholder community. 
  • Create transdisciplinary and multi-sectoral local pacts of trust around mining projects in the pipeline, in operation, or abandoned (orphan mines).
  1. To understand the issue of mining as a whole through an interdisciplinary, inclusive, inter-ODD and co-developed approach  :

Our proposals:

  • Promote and finance research actions in strong interdisciplinarity (engineering and physical sciences, natural sciences, humanities and social sciences), and creation of knowledge around the complexity of the mining issue in Africa and beyond.
  • Raise awareness among all the actors involved by promoting training through research
  • Encourage the participation of the populations concerned and the development of learning communities through the development of dedicated “living labs”.
  • Create or strengthen research networks in this area at local, regional and international levels
  • Promote local expertise through training and inter and transdisciplinary action research.
  1. Identify and share innovative solutions for a community of practitioners: 

Our proposals

  • Develop local content in the financing of national programs.
  • Support the transfer and appropriation of technologies for the optimization of sustainable development processes via networks of North/South actors, through the creation of dedicated structured mechanisms (innovation committees in mining villages and towns, technology transfer acceleration companies (SATT), incubators, technopoles, R&D departments within companies (depending on the appropriate structural scale).
  1. Thinking about the regulatory framework of mining through this multi-stakeholder approach and in a regional logic:

Our proposals

  • Share national regulatory best practices through regional bodies.
  • Encourage the transparency and publication of public data on the allocation of operating licenses.
  • Encourage the implementation of and compliance with regional environmental regulations.
  • Develop regulations on the safeguarding and protection of ecosystems threatened with disfunction or extinction in the various regions covered by the licenses.
  • Encourage regulations that allow industrial and artisanal mines to coexist
  • Valuing and strengthening regulations that place particular emphasis on the know-how of traditional communities in terms of biodiversity enhancement in the context of mining activities
  1. Formalize and monitor the appropriate indicators for responsible mining activity

Our proposals

  • Use the SDG framework and indicators to track interactions between mining and key development issues. 
  • Promote the transparency of impact assessments, solutions to reduce negative externalities, and open science research results.
  • Encourage the creation of local or regional mining observatories.
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