Informing policy with science

We produce impartial assessments, data and knowledge on the environmental threats and impacts of the extractive industry.

Environmental Assessments

In Ogoniland, UN Environment assessed over 200 locations and 122 kilometres of pipeline, reviewed 5,000 medical records and engaged over 23,000 people. The assessment led the Nigerian government to announce a $1 billion clean-up programme in 2016.

A study on the social, environmental and economic impacts of mining in Mongolia’s Umnugobi province, carried out in 2014 and 2015 by the Poverty-Environment Initiative, led to the creation of a one-of-a-kind database that collates information on the impacts of large-scale mining. It includes data on air quality, water quality, land degradation, migration, gender equity, employment and budget revenues.

Transparency and monitoring

MAP-X – a geospatial platform and stakeholder engagement process to map and monitor the socio-economic and environmental impacts of extractives projects – was designed to increase transparency, improve access to information and prevent conflicts between stakeholders. Partner:  EITI       

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