Multi-Stakeholder Workshop on Community Engagement in the Extractive Industries
MCRB held a “Multi-Stakeholder Workshop on Community Engagement in the Extractive Industries” in Yangon on 27/28 January 2015 to discuss international best practice in strategic community investment and engagement, including how to handle grievances.
The workshop (see agenda) was attended by over 120 representatives from government departments, oil, gas and mining companies, civil society organisations from across Myanmar as well as international NGOs and donor organisations.
The workshop follows the publication in September 2014 of a sector-wide impact assessment (SWIA) of the oil and gas sector by MCRB. This looked at the impacts of oil and gas at the national/sectoral level and the project level, as well as potential cumulative impacts, and highlighted relevant international standards and best practice.
The objectives of the workshop were:
to share experiences of community engagement in the extractive industries in Myanmar and elsewhere;
to identify the interests in community investments and complaint resolution of different stakeholders for the extractive industries, including government, communities and companies; and
to facilitate the creation of opportunities for co-operation and future dialogue on issues relating to community investment and wider engagement.