Extractive Industries Campaign: Making the Extractive Industry work for Climate and Development

Extractive Industries Campaign: Making the Extractive Industry work for Climate and Development is an awareness raising campaign, which seeks to improve the performance of the extractive industry in relation to poverty and the environment.

The overall objective of Friends of the Earth Europe's campaign is to achieve improvement in the performance of the Extractive Industry(ies) (EI) in developing countries, to ensure that the negative impacts on climate change and the environment are minimised and that they have more positive impacts on poverty reduction.

We focus on companies based in the European Union and investors involved in EI activities in developing countries, as well as on national and European policies that can reverse their negative impacts.

To achieve this goal, Friends of the Earth Europe is working together with Friends of the Earth Netherlands, CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth France.

The campaign is running in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Slovakia. It also includes activities that focus on European institutions.

We also work together with local partners outside the European Union, including Cameroon, Liberia, South Africa, Nigeria, Madagascar, Republic of Congo, Georgia, Russia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Peru, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, and the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia.

Specific objectives:

1. To raise public awareness of (a) social, environmental and poverty impacts of EI operations, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa, and (b) policies and strategies that can reduce these impacts and support the region in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG);

2. To increase media attention of the impacts of the EI in sub-Saharan Africa;

3. To catalyse European public support for measures to improve the EI's performance;

4. To initiate a process whereby European citizens urge governments, companies and investors to take measures to improve the performance of the EI;

5. To engage with EI companies to improve their transparency and performance;

6. To contribute to the development of an active civil society in developing countries.

Main activities:

1. Media outreach: provide information to the media, and involve them in activities. Output: TV documentary on the exploitation of resources in Africa; fact finding missions with media; meetings between affected communities and media; press-releases/conferences.

2. Awareness raising/mobilisation actions. Output: Film Festival on EI; public petitions to decision makers; speaker tours with affected communities from Africa; public debates; advertisements in the media.

3. Production of awareness raising materials. Output: Video clips on EI impacts (for the internet); fact sheets on the EI and MDGs; travelling photo exhibitions on the EI.

4. Research and general campaign activities: monitoring and campaigning on specific EI projects. Output: reports on the impacts of the EI and contribution to MDGs; case studies on specific projects; publications with concrete policy recommendations, participation in policy dialogues and public discussions.

5. Advocacy aimed at national and European governments: stimulate a debate on EI impacts in developing countries and measures for improvement. Output: provide decision makers with briefings and documents; meetings with decision makers; parliamentary hearings and debates with decision makers.

6. Activities to influence European EI companies: present companies with evidence of their performance and promote proposals for improvement. Output: participate in shareholders meetings; dialogue with the management of companies; file cases against violations of legislation; mobilise the public to motivate companies to improve.

7. Capacity building of NGOs: working together with and providing support for NGOs from developing countries. Output: stronger position of NGOs, presentation of cases at international forums, alliances between Southern and Northern NGOs.

Expected results:

1. Increased awareness and support from citizens about the performance of the EI, its impact on the MDGs and measures to minimize impacts.

2. Increased media coverage.

3. Decision makers are informed, and take action on recommendations to improve the EI's contribution to achieving the MDGs in Africa.

4. Companies take action to improve their performance.

5. More NGOs support policy recommendations to improve the performance of the EI.

6. Project partners are strengthened: all partners and associates have increased capacity to address the impacts of the EI. European and African groups engage in work on achieving the MDGs.

For more information about this campaign please contact:

Friends of the Earth Europe
E-mail: darek.urbaniak@foeeurope.org

Milieudefensie
Friends of the Earth Netherlands,
E-mail: valentijn.van.t.riet@milieudefensie.nl

CEE Bankwatch Network
E-mail: petrh@bankwatch.org

Les Amis de la Terre France,
Friends of the Earth France
E-mail: juliette.renaud@amisdelaterre.org

 

This project is funded by the EUROPEAN UNION

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