Calendar » Webinar: Calculating the economic impact of illegal mining
Webinar hosted by the Amazon Sustainable Landscapes Program (ASL)* and the World Bank Chemicals and Hazardous Waste Community of Practice (CoP)
Illegal and unregulated artisanal small-scale gold mining poses a significant threat to ecosystems in the world, including the Amazon. The threat is not only due to the deforestation and degradation caused by the activity, but from the use of mercury in both alluvial and land-based mining, which then seeps into both surface and subway waterways, poisoning the water and entering the local food chain via fish. Addressing threats to ecosystems and human health due to unregulated mining requires a multisectoral approach that combines policies, command and control strategies and promotion of sustainable practices.
This webinar will present an innovative tool designed by Conservation Strategy Fund commissioned by the Brazilian Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office. The “Mining Impact Calculator” estimates the monetary value of the social and environmental impact of illegal gold mining activities in the Brazilian Amazon, focusing on deforestation, river silting, and mercury contamination. The tool facilitates law enforcement, encourages public policies, raises public awareness and facilitates mitigation/remediation interventions. The presentation will be followed by a discussion of the benefits and potential applicability to other countries beyond the Amazon region.
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Chair: Valerie Hickey, Practice Manager, Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice, World Bank
Speakers: Pedro Gasparinetti, Director, Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) – Brazil, and Gustavo Kenner Alcântara, Brazilian Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office (MPF)
Discussants: Sanjay Srivastava, Practice Manager, Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy Global Practice in Africa, World Bank, and Juan Jose Miranda, Senior Environmental Economist, Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice, World Bank
Valerie Hickey, Practice Manager, Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice, World Bank
Valerie worked across the Bank’s providing design and implementation support to a variety of operations across the world, including in fragile states, where she led the Bank’s environment portfolio in Haiti following the earthquake in 2010. As chair of the biodiversity and wildlife crime communities of practice. Valerie represents the World Bank in international conventions related to biodiversity. She also leads the Bank’s work on two global biodiversity grant-making operations, namely the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund and the Save Our Species Program. Valerie holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University and a Master of Arts in negotiations from Notre Dame.
Pedro Gasparinetti, Director, Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) – Brazil
Pedro is an economist and Director of the Brazil office of the Conservancy Strategy Fund (CSF). Pedro has 15 years of experience working with environmental valuation methods, evaluation of infrastructure projects, conservation incentive programs, and calculation of environmental compensation values. He led the development of the Artisanal Gold Mining Impact Calculator, which brought together monetary, environmental, and human health indicators into a tool that helps the Brazilian federal prosecutors and police to estimate the overall impacts of mining in the Amazon.
Gustavo Kenner Alcântara - Brazilian Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office (MPF)
Gustavo is a Public Prosecutor in the Federal Public Prosecutor's Office of Brazil, currently a Federal Prosecutor in Santarém, state of Pará, in the Brazilian Amazon. He holds a master’s degree in public law from the Federal University of Uberlândia. Gustavo has specializations in constitutional law from the University for the Development of the State and the Pantanal Region (UNIDERP) and the Superior School of the Public Prosecutor's Office of the Union. He has been acting in the defense of indigenous peoples and other native peoples since 2013, as well as in environmental law matters.
Sanjay Srivastava, Practice Manager, Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy Global Practice in Africa, World Bank
Sanjay Srivastava is the World Bank Manager of the Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy Global Practice in Africa. He is an Environmental Engineer with more than 30 years of development experience with focus on environment and climate change agenda, including 15 years in Africa and South Asia region; and several years with private sector (manufacturing and environmental consulting companies), public sector, donors and non-government organization (conservation NGO). Currently, he leads a team promoting green, clean and resilient development outcomes in multiple countries and development sectors in West and Central Africa.
Juan Jose Miranda, Senior Environmental Economist, Environmental and Natural Resources Global Practice, World Bank
Juan Jose is an Environmental Economist at the Environmental and Natural Resources Global Practice of the World Bank. He holds a PhD in Economics at Georgia State University's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies with focus on environmental, behavioral and urban economics. He leads analytical work on impact evaluation, conduct policy research and provide analytical economic support on sustainable development issues. Juan Jose is also a Research Associate at Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (IEP), a research think-tank based in Lima – Peru, and an Associate Member at the Seminario Permanente de Investigación Agraria (SEPIA).
*The Amazon Sustainable Landscapes (ASL) program is funded by the GEF and led by the World Bank. It includes different national projects in Brazil, Colombia and Peru, and a regional knowledge management and coordination project. It is currently expanding with the addition of Bolivia, Ecuador, Guyana and Suriname.
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