|Copper mining in Ecuador|
|Supporting NCP(s)||None Selected|
|Description||Specific instance notified by the NGOs, Mining Watch Canada (MW), Friends of the Earth Canada (FoE) and DECOIN (Defensa y Conservacion Ecologica de Intag) regarding the activities of Ascendant Copper Corporation, a Canadian multinational enterprise operating in Ecuador.|
|Theme(s)||Concepts and principles, Disclosure, Environment, General policies|
|Date||16 May 2005|
|Industry sector||Mining and quarrying, Construction|
Read the summary by the Canadian NCP
The NCP’s initial assessment determined that the issues raised in the submission merited further examination and offered its good offices to Ascendant and DECOIN to participate in an NCP-facilitated dialogue.
While both parties initially agreed to participate, in January 2006, the NGOs withdrew from the process, citing their disagreement with the set terms of reference for the meeting, specifically the need to maintain confidentiality. In response to this action, the NCP sent the NGOs and Ascendant letters indicating that the NCP remained open and willing to facilitate a dialogue consistent with the Guidelines should the parties wish to reconsider their decision. Furthermore, the NCP encouraged Ascendant to continue to independently pursue ongoing dialogue with communities affected by their operations with a view to resolving outstanding issues. Finally, the Canadian NCP indicated an intention to monitor Ascendant's operations in Ecuador via the Canadian Embassy in Quito.