The Observatory of Mining Conflicts in Latin America (span. Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de América Latina) is an initiative that brings together civil society organizations with the purpose of promoting alternatives to extractive mining industries in Latin America.
Mission and Purpose
The Observatory of Mining Conflicts in Latin America (span. Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de América Latina) brings together civil society organizations from different regions with the purpose of promoting alternatives to extractive mining industries in Latin America while protecting local communities.
Origins and Development
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Organizational Structure, Membership, and Funding
All of the Observatory’s decisions are reached by consensus of all the involved groups and institutions.
Specializations, Methods and Tools
The Observatory produces research material to disseminate relevant information that can influence public and private decision-making. They also try to articulate a common agenda among diverse social movements and agents, and to generate spaces for coordination and regional dialogue.
Additionally, they have elaborated a digital and interactive map of mining conflicts in Latin America. This map allows to identify the conflict areas between communities and mining projects, cases of criminalization of social protest, and zones in which popular consultations on mining are being held.
Major Projects and Events
The last Latin American meeting of the observatory was held on November 7 and 8, 2018 in Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Analysis and Lessons Learned
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 Radio Temblor (2018, Dec 20). VII Encuentro del Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de América Latina (OCMAL). https://movimientom4.org/2018/12/vii-encuentro-del-observatorio-de-conflictos-mineros-de-america-latina-ocmal/
 Gloobal. Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de América Latina (OCMAL). http://www.gloobal.net/iepala/gloobal/fichas/ficha.php?id=28299&entidad=Agentes&html=1
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