The National Coalition on Mining (NCOM), founded in November 2001, is a grouping of Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Communities Affected by Mining, NGOs, and individuals engaged in mining/extractive sector advocacy for environmental sustainability, human rights, and integrated national development. It started with four organizations facilitated by Third World Network Africa in response to specific environmental and social problems arising from cyanide spillage of a gold mining company into a major stream that services downstream communities in Tarkwa.
So far the membership spans through all major mining concessions in Ghana and 15 other organizations working in areas of policy, gender, the environment, legal and human rights, and economic justice. NCOM is the only such coalition so far with national scope focusing on mining.
NCOM seeks to:
• Create platforms which promote strategies for policy dialogue with state institutions and mining companies from the adoption of mining sector policy frameworks, as well as state and corporate practices and behaviour that promote and ensure community interest, environmental sustainability and equitable national economic development
• Help the self organization and mobilization of community groupings affected by mining activities.
• Build solidarity and information sharing among participating members and their partners.
• Promote and enable the visibility and voice of community groups and NGOs around mining and its relationship to human rights, community interest, the environment and development at the national and local levels.
The National Coalition on Mining (NCOM) which started with four organizations in 2001, has progressively grown in membership. This growth has come with recognition by mining companies and state bodies. For instance, in matters of decision-
a. Maintaining an essential link between NGOs and communities affected by mining
b. Presenting common positions to government and the mining industry on policy as well as State and corporate practice towards affected communities.
The Coalition was successful in resisting a proposed policy to expand surface gold mining in the country’s dwindling forest reserves. In 2001-
Second, the number of military personnel policing various mining concessions has been reduced as some of the military have been withdrawn from some concessions. In 2005, the Coalition led a campaign to influence significant changes to the mining bill before it became a law in 2006. The significant changes reflected community concerns, in particular compensation issues, early notification, among others. The Coalition is also up-
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• Coordinating implementation of collective decisions
• Working with participating members to provide agenda issues and campaign platforms
• Facilitating the strategic direction of the coalition through information flows and organising meetings
• Accounting for any NCOM joint funds to its members
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