In order to collate the diverse perspectives of our membership and to facilitate conversation around these questions, we are hosting a series of webinars.
On Monday the 26th of March we hosted our first webinar which explored how PWYP can address the question of whether natural resources should be extracted at all, and when extraction occurs, under what conditions.
To kick off the conversation, Diarmid O’Sullivan (6mins 45secs), the author of a paper on the future of extraction, by asking 3 important and challenging questions:
Should all the oil, gas and minerals in a country be extracted? If not, then what criteria should be used to decide whether or not an extractive project should go ahead?
What should governments be doing to prepare for the day when hydrocarbon or mineral deposits are exhausted, or can no longer be profitably exploited?
What further information needs to be disclosed by governments and companies, so that concerned citizens can hold them to account on Questions 1 and 2?
We then heard the range of very differing perspectives on these questions from some of our PWYP members from different parts of the world:
Olena Pavlenko – President of Dixit Group a PWYP member in Ukraine – focus on the right conditions for extraction (21mins 33secs)
Mtwalo Msoni – PWYP Zambia National Coordinator – focus on coal sector and the environmental (31mins 45secs)
Diana Kaissey – Executive Director of LOGI a PWYP member organization in Lebanon – focus on emerging sector and key considerations (41 mins 55secs)
The webinar facilitated some energetic discussion highlighting our diverse perspectives eloquently summarised by our webinar chief provocateur, Diarmid O’Sullivan:
“there is clear diverse perspectives from the different countries depending on where they are in their engagements in extractives industries. Different countries have different space for participation in resource governance – what are the key areas of resource governance where meaningful participation is going to be most valuable?
There is clearly a tension between short term benefits and thinking medium and long term.”