Natural and mineral resources provide abundance, providence, and the means with which to enhance our wellbeing and dignity. However, the negative impacts of exploitation of resources are borne mostly by the poor and vulnerable. There are also broader consequences for all of us.
Poor governance of resources results in environmental degradation, loss of forests, the deterioration of soil and biodiversity, and in water and air pollution. It leads to disease and destroys the livelihoods of communities, especially those that have traditionally developed a culture of sustainable resource management.