The year of 2010 saw a continuation of the Charter’s global consultation process, drawing on a wide range of expertise and stakeholders views and culminating in the annual technical workshop, held in Oxford in September 16th and 17th.

Throughout 2010 the Charter had gathered feedback from a variety of sources including industry, civil society organisations, academics and technical experts, as well as concerned citizens of resource-rich countries. Furthermore, the technical workshop welcomed many different viewpoints, across these various stakeholders, to scrutinise, challenge, revise and update the Charter text.

2010 saw many fundamental adjustments to the Level 1 and 2 text of the Charter document. This post is accompanied by an attachment identifying all these changes in detail, including accompanying rationales for the various changes. Examples of these changes include important adjustments to the wording of the headline Precepts. For example, Precept 4, addressed to the importance of competitive contract allocation processes, saw its wording nuanced and clarified to reflect a view that competition, while an effective option faces implementation challenges. Precept 5, concerned with the social and environmental dimensions of resource extraction, was revised to emphasise the latest best practice. This included updating the text to include reference to seeking to ‘maximise potential benefits’ – including, but not limited to affected communities – rather than merely focusing on the mitigation of (or compensation for) damages. Full details of changes can be found here.

The consultation process also identified gaps where issues warrant an in-depth exploration in the text or clarity around the recommendations put forward by the Charter, in order to reflect the latest best practice thinking. Examples include the issue of Artisanal and Small Scale Mining and the debate around Free, Prior and Informed Consent for Indigenous Peoples (which falls under Precept 5). The Charter seeks to gather expert inputs on these and other areas for the 2011 revisions to the document.

The newly formed Technical Advisory Group will be charged with identifying similar areas for revision and expansion, and drawing in wider expertise and submissions. The 2011 technical workshop will seek to discuss and develop appropriate language for inclusion in the updated text. The Technical Advisory Group will also be considering online submissions and feedback from regional consultation workshops for inclusion in the Charter text.

The Charter is intended as a ‘living document’. What this means in practice is the Charter is open for inputs updating and refining based on best practice, country experience, and expert evidence. The 2011 consultation window is open and all stakeholders are potential contributors to the Charter. We encourage you to pick up the latest copy of the text and to submit any comments or suggested resources via the submission form.

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