Transparencia Extractivas is a diverse group of individuals coming from academia, journalism and civil society organizations that work for transparency and accountability in the extractive industry in Mexico. Therefore, since 2016, we actively participate in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).
EITI is a global standard that seeks to make transparent the financial flows of the extractive industry in order to improve the governance of the natural resources of the countries that have decided to implement it. For civil society, this initiative is an open opportunity since it grants flexibility in the application of the global standard, which allows to adjust it to every particular country’s context. From this position, the standard is also a mechanism through which issues related to the challenges posed by the management and extraction of resources, such as socio-environmental impacts, human rights grievances, among others, can be addressed.
The success of this initiative depends to a large extent on the active participation of civil society. For that reason, Transparencia Extractiva is willing to articulate a common strategy that integrates the diverse approaches and experiences of the different social actors. That is why one of the most important objectives is to grow and join any organization or individual interested on transparency and accountability of the extractive industry for the benefit of our communities and natural resources.
The topics below reflect our main interest:
– Work in the field and academic research related to oil, gas and mineral resources.
– Population groups in vulnerable situations whose rights are affected by extractive activities.
– Training and community organization in areas where extractive projects operate.
– Defense of social or ecological rights and defense of the territory in extraction zones.
– Access to information and accountability of the extractive industry, as well as citizen participation, public advocacy and journalism.
– Transparency networks and alliances.
Since 2015, some civil society organizations have promoted the creation of the so-called Broad Group (GA, by its initials in Spanish) of organizations that saw in the EITI Standard the opportunity to add transparency and accountability of the extractive industries in our country, having in mind that their implementation could strengthen the participation of civil society and communities that live in places where extractive projects operate.
Currently the GA is composed of more than 20 organizations committed to the transparency of the extractive industry. Thus, the Group of Representatives and Alternates (GRS, by its initials in Spanish) is composed of 6 members that arise by election from among the members of the GA. Thus, the GRS aims to represent the interests of GA in the Multi Stakeholder Group (GMN, by its initials in Spanish), in which Extractive Companies, Government and Civil Society Organizations participate.
Current GRS members: