Seminar: Public Participation in Arctic Extractive Industries
On Tuesday 17th October 2017, the Arctic Oil & Gas Research Centre organised a one-day intensive seminar that explored the status of public participation in extractive industry decision-making in the Arctic, and looked for ways to improve the quality of the experience and the results for all stakeholders.
Three panels of experts examined in turn: resource development in Greenland; the international law regarding participation; and participation in practice.
The seminar brought together experts from Greenland, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Scotland, England and Brazil.
Resource Development in Greenland: Current Strategies, Opportunities and Challenges
- Anna-Sofie Skjervedal, Ph.D. Fellow, Ilisimatusarfik, Greenland: Current Practices of Public Participation with focus on Youth Engagement in Greenland
- Nadja Vedsted Sembach, Head of Licence Department, Greenland Bureau of Minerals and Petroleum, Greenland: Greenland's Hydrocarbon and Mineral Strategy
- Eduardo Pereira, Professor of Natural Resources and Energy Law, Externado University of Colombia Law School, Colombia: Managing Hydrocarbon Resources at Sea: Legal Challenges and Lessons to be Learnt
- Open discussion, Q&A session
Who, What, When and How? International Standards on Participation and Free, Prior and Informed Consent
- Rachael Lorna Johnstone, Professor of Law, Director Arctic Oil and Gas Research Centre, Ilisimatusarfik, Greenland: The International Status of FPIC after 10 Years of UNDRIP
- Øyvind Ravna, Professor of Law, University of Tromsø, Norway: The Threshold for Intervention in Indigenous & Minority Culture & Livelihood according to ICCPR Article 27 (live from Tromsø)
- Emma Wilson, Director of ECW Energy Ltd., Associate of the Scott Polar Research Institute, UK: Interpretation and Implementation of International Ethical Standards and Guidelines on Indigenous Participation
- Karin Buhmann, Professor with special responsibilities in Business & Human Rights, Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC), Copenhagen Business School, Denmark: Business & Human Rights between Law, Politics and the Economy
Making it Happen: Participation in Practice
- Hjalmar Dahl, President, Inuit Circumpolar Council, Greenland: Indigenous Knowledge in Decision- Making in Extractive Industries
- Anne Merrild Hansen, Professor of Social Science, Director Arctic Oil and Gas Research Centre, Ilisimatusarfik, Greenland: Community Guidance and Preparation prior to Hydrocarbon Development
- James Mitchell, Professor of Public Policy, University of Edinburgh, Scotland: Participation in a Small Archipelago (Shetland)
- George Varmalov, Associate Professor of the Global Economy and International Business Chair, Pskov State University, Russia: Problems and Perspectives of Minority People in Russia