Natural Resource Charter

The Natural Resource Charter is a set of principles to guide governments' and societies' use of natural resources so these economic opportunities result in maximum and sustained returns for a country's citizens. It outlines tools and policy options designed to avoid the mismanagement of diminishing natural riches, and ensure their ongoing benefits.

The Charter is organized around 12 core precepts offering guidance on key decisions governments face, beginning with whether to extract resources and ending with how generated revenue can produce maximum good for citizens.

Revenue Watch director Karin Lissakers is one of the original drafters of the document, and RWI has been closely involved in the Charter's inception and continuing development, in partnership with author and RWI advisor Paul Collier and a team of economic, legal and environmental experts. The Charter was officially launched at the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank on October 7, 2010.

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