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Wednesday, December 2 • 09:00 - 10:30
Responsible Extractives in the Pacific: realities and challenges

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While the extractives sector is an important contributor to the economies of several Pacific countries, it has also been associated with severe adverse impacts including human rights violations, pollution, social disruption and exacerbated inequalities. What are extractive companies and producing countries doing to prevent and mitigate these kinds of risks? What are some of the major issues currently playing out in the region?

The session will explore key themes related to the extraction of minerals, metals, oil and gas in the Pacific region. Topics covered will include, for example, indigenous peoples’ rights, gender equality, governance and accountability, grievance and remedy, tailings disposal, and seabed mining and deep sea mining. The session will include a diversity of perspectives and encourage an open discussion of the realities facing Pacific countries, local communities, companies, and other stakeholders.

This session aims to:
  • Highlight some of the key issues related to extractives activities in the Pacific – including both current and proposed operations;
  • Encourage open and constructive dialogue on the challenges involved in ensuring responsible practices in the extractives sector in the region; and
  • Set out specific recommendations for key actors (including industry and governments) to take action to improve the uptake of responsible practices.

Session organized by Responsible Mining Foundation. 

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Valmaine Toki

Associate Professor of Law, University of Waikato
Indigenous. Ngapuhi Ngatiwai. Former Expert Member UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Indigenous appointed Pacific Representative. Write, research and teach within the area of recognising Indigenous rights within legal systems.

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Alanna Smith

Conservation Programme Manager, Te Ipukarea Society, Cook Islands
Alanna has worked for environmental NGO Te Ipukarea Society in the Cook Islands since 2015. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Management from Otago University New Zealand, and a Masters in Conservation Biology from Victoria University, New Zealand. Through TIS... Read More →
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Catherine Coumans

Research Coordinator and Asia-Pacific Program Coordinator, Mining Watch Canada
My work at MiningWatch Canada is carried out in solidarity with communities and indigenous peoples and focuses on human rights and environmental impacts of Canadian mining companies operating primarily in Asia-Pacific. Additionally, I work on a broad range on corporate accountability... Read More →
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Pierre De Pasquale

Head of Stakeholder Engagement, Responsible Mining Foundation, Switzerland
Pierre De Pasquale is the Head of Stakeholder Engagement at the Responsible Mining Foundation (RMF), which he joined in 2016. RMF is an independent research organisation that encourages continuous improvement in responsible mining across the industry by developing tools and frameworks... Read More →

Tevita Naikasowalu

Human, Ecological and Indigenous Rights defender, Fiji
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Cressida Kuala

Founder and CEO, Founder of Porgera Red Wara (River) Women's Association (PNG)
I'm Cressida Kuala from Papua New Guine. I have been advocating for human rights of women rights and environmental degradation for 9 years now against the giant Canadian owned gold mining company Barrick. I am concerned about lives/livelihoods and the environment.People should talk... Read More →
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Jonathan Mesulam

Spokesperson, Alliance of Solwara Warriors, Papua New Guinea
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Emmanuel Peni

Human Rights Defender and Co-ordinator, Project Sepik (PNG)
Author of a book called ‘Sibona’, Manu mostly worked in the Not for Profit Sector. He graduated in the area of Applied Science but mostly worked as a Social Worker and in Management. Manu set up a Community Based Micro Financing Organisation in West Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea... Read More →
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Gavin Mudd

Associate Professor, RMIT University, Australia
Gavin Mudd has been an active researcher on the environmental impacts and sustainability of mining for over two decades, providing an independent scholarly voice which is recognised around the world. His work has included building big data sets to assess declining ore grades, increasing... Read More →
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Val Madsen

Executive General Manager People, St Barbara Limited
Val joined St Barbara in September 2013 and was appointed Executive General Manager People in 2020. A member of the Executive Leadership Team, Val leads the Human Resources and Health, Safety, Environment and Community functions.With a Masters in Education and a number of other business... Read More →

Wednesday December 2, 2020 09:00 - 10:30 +12
Britannia room 1 Victoria Parade, Suva, Fiji