Vision and Mission
What we do
CATAPA is a young environmental and social grassroots movement that works from an integrated approach around alternative globalisation and sustainable development, focussing on issues related to mining. We do this through:
1. Awareness and lobbying work;
2. Scientific and legal support of local communities, that are threatened by mining activities;
3. Research and networking;
4. Offering alternatives for a more sustainable extraction, production and consumption of minerals and metals.
Why we are active
The current political and economic systems lead to a number of social, cultural, economic, ecological and intergenerational injustices. Moreover, the ecological and climate crisis alerts us to our responsibility to take urgent action. This collective responsibility is greater than ever.
CATAPA wants to offer constructive and peaceful solutions to these crises. We focus on the protection of the rights and identity of local communities, who are the victims of the ecological and social impact of multinational mining companies in their region. This has often lead to conflicts in the past. A large power imbalance in these conflicts prevents sovereignty, democracy, dialogue and peaceful solutions.
How we work
We always work at the request of, and in consultation with, local communities. Within our organisation we act democratically. We are guided by values such as integrity, diversity, respect, solidarity, equality, pacifism and dignity. This requires critical and active citizenship, and a driven, sustainable dialogue. The means, the process as well as the goal should correspond to our principles. CATAPA wants to fight against any negativity or apathy and wants to help pave the way for a sustainable future.
We want to reach:
- The Flemish population (consumers): actions, activation and awareness around the far-reaching effects of the consumption of natural resources (often from the South) by Western societies.
- Partners in the national and international civil society: collaborating to achieve joint initiatives and exchange information, including communication in the media and awareness around resource-related issues.
- Political actors: international, national and regional
- Economic actors: companies, shareholders, investors, by lobbying and dialogue
- Local farming communities and their representative organisations, trade unions and associations for technical and juridical support and research.
CATAPA believes in the possibility of change, driven from citizen initiatives, sustainable entrepreneurship, just politics and a transformation of the demand side of the economy.