Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources

Hosted by:
  • Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI)
    New York, USA

Extractive industry and land investments contribute to many states’ economies, but also often burden the environments and communities near project sites. The SDSN Thematic Network on the Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources looks at how to improve resource use, including land, for sustainable development.

As stewards of their resources, governments have a responsibility to effectively manage and regulate extractive and land investments, to leverage natural resources to provide sustained prosperity for both current and future generations and protect the rights of people within their borders. Governments, but also companies, must respect individual and community rights, and comply with high international standards on environmental, social, and human rights.

Working Across the SDSN

This network works with National and Regional SDSNs to promote good governance worldwide, with an emphasis on transparent and participatory practices. It comprises an expanded network of experts and practitioners focused on this cross-cutting area, including experts from SDSN’s National and Regional networks. The group has published numerous reports and policy briefs, organized workshops and events, and developed a MOOC on natural resource governance.

Looking ahead

This network will continue to develop resources for businesses to support the achievement of the SDGs in the coming months, and continue to offer its massive, open online course (MOOC) through the SDG Academy.

The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), a joint center of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute at Columbia University, is the only university-based applied research center and forum dedicated to the study, practice and discussion of sustainable international investment. Their mission is to develop practical approaches for governments, investors, communities and other stakeholders to maximize the benefits of international investment for sustainable development.