- Resources & Publications
Join us on April 13 for a talk by CIRDI fellow, Bolormaa Purevjav on mining development and environmental rehabilitation challenges in her home country of Mongolia.
CIRDI is pleased to co-sponsor Private Sector Development in Resource-Rich Developing Countries, a presentation by Eric Werker, associate professor at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University (SFU), and CIRDI’s SFU academic lead.
Over 300 participants from government, industry, academia, NGOs, civil society gathered in Lima, Peru on February 16 & 17, 2017 to discuss gender issues in mining with an emphasis on the use of water resources.
CIRDI CEO, Cassie Doyle, provided opening remarks at the Gender, Mining and Water Resources: Interconnections, Challenges and Future Outlook conference held in Lima, Peru in February 2017. The conference was jointly organized by CIRDI’s project: Education and Research for Integrated Water Resources Management in Peru and the School of Government and Public Policy at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP). A multi-stakeholder steering committee oversaw the program development.
Below is an abridged version of Cassie’s remarks.
The purpose of this gathering is to reflect and exchange on a unique intersection of issues that are important to the future of sustainable development – how gender roles influence the impact and benefits of mining, with a particular emphasis on the related use of water resources.
Our work at CIRDI is guided by a set of core values, with an emphasis on Human Rights, Gender Equality and Indigenous Rights. Addressing women’s views, interests and needs is integral to how we work.
Too often, in the rush to get a project up and running, the project team skips a crucial step. They neglect to take the time to consider the larger context and to ensure all partners have a common understanding of the project scope, its goals and what it will take to successfully deliver results.
CIRDI’s Governance Strengthening Program of the Extractive Sector in West Africa led by Polytechnique Montréal, has partnered with the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal, and the Université Ouaga I Professeur Joseph Ki-Zerbo in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, to strengthen the expertise of the two universities in environment and mining waste management.
When people with similar hopes and challenges come together, there’s a good chance they’ll learn from each other. Whether it’s person-to person or country-to-country, sharing knowledge and experience can help foster positive change and avoid repeating mistakes. That’s the goal of a series of peer-to-peer learning workshops convened by Mongolia’s International Cooperation Fund (ICF) and CIRDI.
“Shrimp and bananas from Ecuador are really special,” said Colón Velásquez, Ecuador’s leading academic expert on artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) and project lead for CIRDI’s, Transformation of ASM through Education in Ecuador project.
So how did a shrimp-loving aquaculture engineer become an expert in artisanal and small-scale mining?
It began when Dr. Velásquez discovered heavy metal contamination while studying water quality and shrimp harvesting in the rich mangrove ecosystem of the Gulf of Guayaquil. The search for the source of the pollution led him upstream deeper into the Ecuadorian province of El Oro – “the gold” – where he met and began to learn about artisanal gold miners, who commonly used mercury to extract gold from the ore. Harmful to human health and the environment, the mercury and other heavy metals were washing downstream to affect the habitat at the river’s mouth. Read more
Cassie Doyle, CEO of the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Canadian lawyer and international development expert, Isabeau Vilandre as director for the Supporting the Ministry of Mines (SUMM) project in Ethiopia.
Mr. Vilandre has over 20 years experience managing complex international assignments. As a specialist in public sector reform, institutional strengthening and capacity building, he has worked on major programs focused on governance and modernization of public institutions, policy and legislation.
“Isabeau brings a wealth of international experience to the CIRDI team, to the SUMM project and to our government partners in Ethiopia,” said Ms. Doyle. “We will all benefit from his international results-based project management expertise, his legal knowledge and his deep experience in partnering effectively with developing country governments.”
Working with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas, the SUMM project is designed to strengthen the capacity and organizational management of the ministry at operational and strategic levels, with the ultimate objective of improving resource governance and the long-term management of a sustainable mining sector in Ethiopia.
“It’s an honour to work with CIRDI on the SUMM project,” said Mr. Vilandre. “I look forward to collaborating with the Ethiopian government to establish best governance practices that will support the country’s growth and transformation plan for their mineral sector.”
Mr. Vilandre will be based in Addis Ababa. Learn more.
Canadian International Resources and Development Institute
Our mission: To improve, in a measurable way, the ability of developing countries to manage and benefit from their natural resources in order to catalyze sustainable development and reduce poverty.