Environmental and social impact

How much water is a mining project consuming? Have people lost their land? Has a company paid the correct fees for environmental mitigation plans? Understanding the effects of extraction goes far beyond financial flows.

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How much water is a mining project consuming? Have people lost their land? Has a company paid the correct fees for environmental mitigation plans? Understanding the effects of extraction goes far beyond financial flows. People need the right information on the environmental and social impacts so they can make informed decisions about projects in their area and hold companies and governments accountable.

PWYP’s campaigning with our members in countries as diverse as the Philippines, Mexico and Guinea highlights the importance of the social and environmental effects of extraction, calling for full information on these impacts to be made publicly available for all extractive projects. As a result, the effects of extractive projects on communities and ecosystems are now included in many EITI reports. PWYP strives to ensure that social and environmental costs are incorporated into all conversations about natural resource use, so people can make informed decisions about projects and hold companies and governments accountable for fair and sustainable extraction.

Who is working on this?

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RESOURCE | Environmental and social impact

Towards social-environmental transparency

The demand for socio-environmental information regarding extractive activities, in order to assess their real costs, inform the debate and strengthen public participation in decision-making on policies and mining, oil and gas projects is felt increasingly strong in Latin America. At the same time, several countries in the region are involved, in different stages and with…

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