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Website: www.catapa.be

CATAPA is a volunteering organisation (°2005) centred around sustainable development and alternativeglobalisation, with a focus on the mining issues and Latin America. To contribute concretely to a sustainablesolution for the ecological and climate crisis, we encourage a fairer mining industry and a more sustainableuse of metals. CATAPA does this through awareness raising, networking, research, lobbying, exchangeprograms and supporting farming communities that are threatened by multinational mining companies in ourpartner countries Bolivia, Colombia and Peru. CATAPA also follows some open-pit mining cases in Europe,especially in Romania and Greece. CATAPA is short for Comité Académico Técnico de Asesoramiento aProblemas Ambientales, literally Technical Academic Committee for Assistance in Environmental Issues.The name was mainly chosen from the point of view of our lobbying work. CATAPA is a youngenvironmental and social grassroots movement that takes an integrated approachto the realisation ofalternative globalisation and sustainable development, focusing on issues related to mining. We do thisthrough:Awareness and lobbying work; Scientific and legal support of local communities, that are threatened bymining activities;Research and networking; Offering alternatives for a more sustainable extraction, production andconsumption of minerals and metals.