In this August 18 Mining Coffee Chat, the focus was on prior consultation and community engagement with regard to mining/energy projects. Dr. Remi Piet (Americas Market Intelligence/Africa Market Intelligence) was joined by Fiorella Madariaga and Stevie Gamboa, two leading mining lawyers in the Americas. Fiorella recently joined Innova Project Consulting after her successful tenure at the Ministry of Mines of Peru. Stevie, better known in the mining industry as the “Mono Minero”, helms the Natural Resources Practice at GSG Abogados.
Both guest speakers helped outline recent developments in local consultations against extractive projects and debated on the road forward, establishing the legal and institutional bases needed for citizen participation and the establishment of a social license to operate.
This Coffee Chat also suggested best practices on how to engage with communities and prevent the interference from interest groups with little connection with mining projects. In addition, it underlined the importance of closely monitoring the needs and interest of communities (even at times of pandemics) to prevent future conflicts. Finally, it suggested ways to strengthen the legal framework regulating mining and energy companies’ investments and their commitment to the development of the territory in which they operate.
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Mining Coffee Chats are weekly meetings in which AMI explores important topics affecting the mining industry. The Chats are held via Zoom every Tuesday at 11 a.m. ET (New York) time, usually featuring expert speakers and always allowing for attendees to obtain answers to the challenges that face them during COVID-19 and beyond.
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