Eschborn, Germany – Representatives from Conflict Sensitive Resource and Asset Management (COSERAM) Program of GIZ-Philippines and its program partners (Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. – City Government of Butuan and Director Dominador M. Gomez – National Commission on Indigenous Peoples – Caraga Region) took part in the recently conducted 16th Eschborn Dialogue held at GIZ in Eschborn, Germany last June 18-19. It was an annual event that serves as platform for debate/discussion on various topics that matters to Germany’s development direction, in general, and to GIZ’s corporate goals and strategies, in particular. Around 400 experts and practitioners from various fields of politics, business and industry, science, civil society and representatives from GIZ met.
The overarching topic of the dialogue was on “Raw Materials and Resources: Growth, Values and Competition.” It looks into the challenges of resource use, allocation and access, such as: inclusive development, environmental impacts, implications to local conflict, good governance, etc. One of the themes of the dialogue was “Rich in Resources, Rich in Conflict, What Price Do We Pay?” where the experience of the City Government of Butuan (in cooperation with GIZ-COSERAM) in “Co-Managing Conflict Prone Land Resources in Caraga Region, Philippines” was the main focus of discussion in one of the four (4) sub-workshop groups.
In his presentation, Mayor Amante highlighted the importance of multi-stakeholder dialogues and having a participatory and conflict sensitive approaches in dealing with conflict prone natural resources. For him, one of the keys to successful implementation is to ensure inter-agency cooperation with concerned government agencies, particularly the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Caraga region who is co-managing the area with the City of Butuan.
While Director Gomez pointed out that meaningful multi-stakeholder dialogues and conflict sensitive approaches to natural resource management requires respect and promotion of the rights of the Indigenous Peoples and other marginalized groups.
In addition, GIZ-COSERAM Technical Advisor, Ms. Anna Kramer, explained that the main role of GIZ-COSERAM in this context was to provide capacity development (e.g. on conflict sensitive and participatory land use planning) and technical advisory support to all the agencies who are involved in the Co-Management Program.
The 16th Eschborn Dialogue was culminated with a final debate on “the raw materials and resources policy of the future” where transparency, good governance, international standards for extractive industries, etc. were among the major agenda that was highlighted in the discussion.
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