Assessing Transparency in the Environmental Assessment Processes of Mining

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October 29 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT

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Dear Madam/Sir,

On behalf of the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI), and Transparency International Canada (TI-Canada), we are pleased to invite you to participate in a focus group discussion as a part of the assessment CIRDI is completing for TI’s Mining for Sustainable Development Program (M4SD).

TI’s M4SD Program is a global initiative being implemented by national chapters in 20 resource-rich countries, including Canada. The ultimate objective of the Program is to address where and how transparency and accountability concerns arise in the mining approval processes. Underpinning the project is the belief that transparent and accountable mining can contribute to sustainable development.

The program focuses on the awarding of licences and contract stage of a mining project. Most national chapters assessed the vulnerabilities and corruption risks in both exploration and production licensing. Some are also looking at related processes such as environmental approvals, land permits, and consultation requirements. In Canada, the first phase of the program focused on mine closure permits in Ontario. The final report for this assessment is located here. In the second phase, TI-Canada has decided to complete a cross-jurisdictional assessment focused on the broad context of mining approvals as well as the Environmental Assessment process in British Columbia, the Yukon and Ontario.

CIRDI has been engaged to complete the assessment for BC and the Yukon. We are inviting stakeholders from the civil society to participate in interviews and/or focus group discussions in order to gain a broad base of perspectives related to transparency and accountability concerns within the mining approval process in BC and the Yukon, and specifically taking an in-depth look at the Environmental Assessment process.

There is no cost to the event, and a light lunch and refreshments will be served. Please register through Eventbrite by clicking here.

 

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The Canadian International Resources and Development Institute
Transparency International (TI-CANADA)

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