Category : Natural Resources and Energy Markets

How do we measure governance in the extractive industries?

Interested to learn more about governance in the extractives industry? Check out this guest blog written by Juan Cruz Vieyra, Juan Carlos Quiroz and Mariana Leytón Escobar to compliment their 16th IACC Session.   

There are approximately 60 countries rich in natural resources in the world. They have all considered options to mitigate the (in)famous resource curse, also known as the paradox of plenty, discussed in a previous post. To counter this “curse”, experts have discussed and written about revenue volatility related to natural resources and about the importance of diversifying a country’s economy. However, there is another factor that has a strong effect on how well a country’s non-renewable resources can be managed: a robust governance.

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Categories: 16th IACC, IACC Young Journalist, Natural Resources and Energy Markets

Afghanistan: environmental impact of extractives

By Luigi Serenelli IACC Young Journalist

In Afghanistan, the oligarchy of former war lords and lawmakers that rose to power during the decade after the 2001 US-led military intervention governs the mining industry, a sector that often evades environment regulations.

“In fragile states like Afghanistan, the possibility that corruption on environmental issues takes place is higher compared to strong states,” said Javed Noorani, member of the Natural Resources Monitoring Network, an organisation advocating sustainable use of natural resources. READ MORE

Categories: 16th IACC, IACC Young Journalist, Natural Resources and Energy Markets

Governance: Tunisia presses ahead with fracking despite counter arguments

By Hafawa Rebhi

Despite doubts raised about legality and environmental consequences, the government of Tunisia continues to endorse fracking*. Many Tunisians are calling for meaningful debate on the issue; has the government gone far enough?

A few weeks before the legislative elections, the Tunisian Prime minister Mehdi Jomaa said his government is already considering the offers of different companies that want to drill for shale gas in Tunisia. In a meeting with the editors-in-chief of several national media outlets early September, he asserted that shale gas was a natural resource that could pay big dividends for the country. He added that critics would not stop the project.

Tunisia cannot take such a decision without having any strategic vision

This statement made by the Prime minister, a former employee of the oil company Total who is often labelled as a Technocrat, was surprising in both substance and tone. Fracking, the process by which shale gas is released from the ground, has divided Tunisians ever since 2012, when some media reports and NGOs revealed that foreign companies had been exploiting shale gas on the sly.

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Categories: IACC Young Journalist, Natural Resources and Energy Markets

More Transparency Talk within the Environmental Debate

The panel on post-Rio+20 challenges highlighted the reasons why environmental degradation should be seeing as a sign of corruption.

As the negotiations in Doha, Qatar, unfold during the 18th UN Conference on Climate Change many of the issues that were discussed at the recent 15IACC have came to my mind. It was
a month ago that I had the pleasure to moderate the panel about sustainable development and transparency at the meeting in Brasilia.

At that opportunity, some of the panelists expressed optimism on multilateral efforts among countries to address urgent planetary problems. Others, nonetheless, have pointed that we are running late to save humanity, and corruption is part of the fail.

The participants were the ministry of Environment of Brazil, Izabella Teixeira, the acting president of the World Resources Institute (WRI), Manish Bapna, the director of World Vision International, Beris Gwyne, and the executive director of Greenpeace, Kumi Naido. The secretary of UNEP, Achim Steiner, has sent a video message.

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Categories: Climate Change, Corruption, Journalism, Millennium Development Goals, Natural Resources and Energy Markets

Interview: Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director Greenpeace International

Greenpeace Executive Director Kumi Naidoo arrived yesterday to the 15th International Anti-corruption Conference. After discussing what we should commit to Post RIO+20, the South African human rights activist gave us a three minute interview about Greenpeace’s work on anti-corruption, their latest international campaigns, and what he really expects from COP18 in Doha, Qatar.

Produced by Andrea Arzaba

Categories: Climate Change, Corruption, IACC Young Journalist, Journalism, Natural Resources and Energy Markets

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