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The mining sector is critically important for the low-carbon transition and the fulfilment of the UN 2030 Agenda. Mining is, however, associated with pressing environmental and social challenges in extraction sites, many of which are likely to be exacerbated by climate change.
For instance, mining requires large amounts of water and disruptive weather events may damage critical infrastructure, with potentially devastating effects on surrounding communities and environments. How companies choose to respond to climate risks is likely to have far-reaching impacts- both positive and negative- on society.
In this webinar, hosted by Mistra Geopolitics, researchers from Stockholm University will present the findings from a new report which analyses the adaptation responses of the 37 largest global mining companies, and to what extent such private initiatives have been regulated by states.
Drawing on examples from the mining sector, we reflect upon the role of the private sector in climate adaptation with a focus on its societal consequences and identify key governance gaps for securing community resilience. The high-level seminar panel will hear from esteemed speakers from the Ford Foundation, International Council on Mining and Metals, and the International Finance Corporation. The seminar will focus on three key questions:
– 14.00- 14.05 | Opening Remarks
Anna George, Programme manager Environmental Governance Programme (EGP), Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.
Andrea Lindblom, Moderator, Senior Communications Officer, SEI
– 14.05-14.15 | Research highlights: Private adaptation in the mining sector: How to promote local sustainability?
Maria-Therese Gustafsson, Associate Professor, Stockholm University
Isabella Strindevall, Research Assistant, Stockholm University
– 14.15-14.25 | Where climate risks and mining coincide in the context where climate risks and mining coincide, what is required to avoid that mining-affected communities bear a disproportionate burden?
Anthony Bebbington, International program director for Natural Resources and Climate change at Ford Foundation.
– 14.25-14.35 | How can private adaptation initiatives be designed to bring mutual co-benefits to corporations and communities alike?
Verónica Martinez, Lead strategist for innovation and climate change at the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)
– 14.35-14.45 | What role can international financial institutions play in promoting community resilience in the context of climate change?
Krishna Matturi, Global Mining & Climate Advisory Consultant in IFC’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure Department.
– 14.45-15.00 | Panel Discussion and audience questions
Moderated by Andrea Lindblom
- Maria-Therese Gustafsson, Associate professor, Stockholm University
- Isabella Strindevall, Research Assistant, Stockholm University
- Anthony Bebbington, International program director for Natural Resources and Climate change at Ford Foundation
- Verónica Martinez, Lead strategist for innovation and climate change at the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)
- Krishna Matturi, Global Mining & Climate Advisory Consultant in IFC’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure Department