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Outcome Report of Roundtable on Governing Natural Resources

November 2014

Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment


Key structural differences between the extractive industries and the forestry and agriculture sectors mean that not all lessons learned from good governance initiatives related to extractives investments or land-based agricultural investments are transferrable. However, large-scale extractive industry investments and land-based forestry and agricultural investments share enough challenges regarding certain issues that efforts to better understand the benefits, drawbacks, and best practices around good governance initiatives can be a useful exercise. The roundtable facilitated conversation on these issues, while providing an opportunity for participants to brainstorm further ways to explore shared lessons around governing natural resources. This outcome document aims to provide more information for stakeholders interested in increased knowledge sharing around this topic.