G8 Heilingdaam Summit Declaration on Growth and Responsibility in the World Economy

Sectors : Environmental degradation and natural resource management, Industry, Climate change - general
Organisation : G8
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Commitments in: Private Sector development and financial services for the poor - Industry

“… 86. In order to better support the development of sustainable livelihoods and positive
developmental impacts associated with artisanal and small-scale mineral production, we…

… - support a pilot study, in co-operation with the World Bank and its initiatives, concerning the feasibility of a designed certification system for selected raw materials. In taking this initiative we will focus on the artisanal and small scale mining sector and work in close partnership with governments from mineral resource rich developing countries as well as industry on the basis of their voluntary commitments…

… - support efforts to develop techniques to limit pollution associated with artisanal
mining, such as education and training to encourage the use for example of safer retorts for gold extraction.”


Commitments in: Climate Change - Climate change - general

“56. We are determined to assist in reducing emissions from deforestation, especially in developing countries…we will:

- encourage the establishment of a pilot project dedicated to building capacity, creating and testing performance-based instruments to reduce emissions from deforestation in developing countries, in support of and without prejudice to ongoing UN climate change discussions…

… - continue to support existing processes to combat illegal logging…

… - remain engaged in supporting developing countries to achieve their self commitments for halting forest loss and to implement sustainable forest management, as stated in various regional initiatives, i.e. the Congo Basin and the Asia Forest Partnerships.”