Natural Resources for Sustainable Development (edX)

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Natural Resources for Sustainable Development (edX)
Explore the sustainable development opportunities and challenges in using oil, gas and minerals. Natural resources represent a potentially transformational opportunity to support development but are ultimately finite How do we make the most of them without destroying the planet? In this 12-week course, produced by the Natural Resource Governance Institute, the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment and the World Bank, learn about efforts to sustainably manage extractive industry investments.

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You will come to understand the complex and interwoven aspects of natural resource governance and become part of a global movement of citizens and practitioners committed to harnessing the transformational impacts of our natural resources.




This course is for:

- Sustainable development practitioners – as well as private-sector actors, such as those who work in corporate sustainability and responsibility or renewable energy – who need a historical context of the extractives industry and its evolution

- Extractive practitioners, such as those who work in oil, gas and mining, who are interested in making the field more sustainable

- Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students studying extractives, environmental science, environmental law, sustainable development, sustainable business and related fields

- Climate change activists or practitioners looking to understand the balance of sustainable resource use and business investment


What you'll learn

- How countries translate natural resource wealth into sustainable development outcomes

- How governance of extractive industries impact long term economic development

- The policies necessary for the sustainable management of natural resource wealth

- Why communication between government, industry, and citizens is critical to sustainable natural resource management


Syllabus


Module 1: Challenges and opportunities

- History of oil, gas, and mining

- Challenges& opportunities: oil, gas, and mining

- The decision chain of natural resource management (I)

- The decision chain of natural resource management (II)


Module 2: Political economy of natural resources

How natural resources shape and are shaped by political context

Corruption trends in the extractive sector

International governance

Natural resources& the broader governance framework

Transparency& accountability


Module 3: Fundamentals of oil, gas, and mining: industry considerations and policy

From oil well to car - market, players, and extraction process

From mine to mobile phone - market, players, and extraction process

How a company decides to invest

Project development

Evolving technology


Module 4: Legal overview

Legal& regulatory frameworks for extractive industries

Allocation of rights

Implementation& monitoring of legal frameworks

International law& the extractive industries

State-owned enterprises: Role and governance


Module 5: Fiscal regime design and revenue collection

Resource economics& fiscal regime principles

Fiscal instruments I: Royalty/tax systems

Fiscal instruments II: Contract-based systems

Fiscal regime implementation


Module 6: Anticipating and managing environmental issues

Environmental challenges and trends: oil and gas

Environmental challenges and trends: mining

Managing environmental challenges

Extractives and climate change

Environmental impact assessments


Module 7: Community rights

Social impact and engagement

Human rights and the mining industry

Mining and vulnerable populations

Company-community agreements


Module 8: Artisanal mining

Introduction to artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM)

Challenges of ASM

ASM and gender

Tensions between ASM and large-scale mining

The way forward


Module 9: Revenue management

Challenges of revenue management

Policy responses: savings, spending, public debt, and earmarking

Natural resource funds

Revenue sharing and decentralization


Module 10: Investing in sustainable development: Economic linkages to the extractives sector

Introduction to economic linkages


Local employment

Local procurement

Enabling tech transfer

Downstream linkages


Module 11: Investing in sustainable development: Looking beyond extractives

Investing in investing



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