Towards a renewed IUCN-ICMM Collaboration

 IUCN and ICMM are negotiating a renewed collaboration following on from the successful IUCN-ICMM Dialogue

Lead mining adjacent to Thung Yai National Park, Thailand Photo: IUCN Photo Library © Jim Thorsell

In November 2010, the IUCN-ICMM Secretariats convened a planning meeting in Gland, Switzerland. The objective of the meeting were to assess the value of continuing the “IUCN – ICMM Dialogue” process on conservation and mining, identifying new opportunities, challenges and other areas of common interest.

 Participants agreed that the IUCN-ICMM Dialogue offered more than enough significant advantages, above bilateral relationships between IUCN and ICMM membership organizations, to justify its continuation.

Three priority areas were highlighted for inclusion in a future work programme:
(1) the development of a strategic communications plan;
(2) work to better understand ecosystem services in the context of mining; and
(3) a focus on regional landscape scenarios (including possible pilots) and better planning and adaptive management tools.

In response to the workshop conclusions, as well as comments from other stakeholders, the respective secretariats are in the process of developing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that confirms IUCN and ICMM’s commitment to work together. The MoU sets the stage for future collaboration through the process of Supplemental Agreements that will be negotiated between the two Parties. Supplemental Agreements on strategic communications and collaboration on a project (Shell, UNESCO, and JP Morgan) with an overarching goal to evaluate the relationship between World Heritage sites and the extractive industries are being developed.

ICMM is an industry federation and as such there is no mandatory requirement within IUCN to conduct a “due diligence” before undertaking joint activities with an industry federation. Nevertheless, as a federation, ICMM can be expected to influence the views and actions of leading companies within the extractive sector and, acknowledging the controversy that surrounds several of its members, it was considered prudent that an “internal” due diligence be carried out.

IUCN’s Global Business and Biodiversity Programme has therefore performed an internal due diligence, which resulted in no issues of concern. In addition, the MoU complies with all 12 Principles of Engagement as stated in the private sector guidelines. 

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