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Villagers near Ka Chok, Cambodia are concerned about a mining concession granted to a Vietnamese company. Local farmers were not consulted about the concession and worry that they lose access to farm lands. Credit: Patrick Brown/Oxfam

For oil, gas, and mining companies, gaining access to land and water can make or break a project. For many communities their land is their lifeline, and this can be lost when they don’t have a say and their rights are ignored. Today, Oxfam launched a new report reviewing the public policy commitments of 38 oil, gas, and mining companies around issues of community engagement and rights, with a particular focus on free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC).

A pupil writing on the blackboard at the Pamaronkoh Community Primary School, Calaba Town, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Credit: Aubrey Wade/Oxfam

The upcoming Third Financing for Development conference (aka #FfD3) in Addis Ababa will have a marked effect on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Summit in New York in September, and ultimately on December’s climate change deal that must be agreed in Paris. It’s a domino effect that will determine how development and climate action is funded for the next fifteen years.

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