How we work

Up till now, being a non-profit organization, CATAPA has exclusively worked with volunteers, most of which are youths and young adults. The movement is momentarily going through a start-up phase. CATAPA wants to offer everyone worldwide the opportunity to participate actively in its project, in various ways:

  1. as a sympathizer : you subscribe for the newsletter and possibly become a member.
  2. as a supporting member : you become a member through the deposit of a financial contribution in our bank account
  3. as a participant : you subscribe into our database of participants and you decide for yourself how far-reaching your commitment is, you don't carry any outlined permanent responsibility.
  4. as a member of staff : you take on an executive function in one of our operational committees and doing so you shoulder a permanent responsibility.

CATAPA's activities are carried out within operational committees which meet on a more or less monthly basis. These committees consist of staff members, assisted by sympathizers or ad hoc participants. Through email and the website's internal section participants who are unable to attend a meeting are offered a commitment by the designated task manager.

CATAPA's Southern Actions are carried out by country committees that support specific cases and farming communities, emblematic of their country and the issue at stake, e.g. the current Peru, Bolivia and Guatemala committees. They are the southern farming communities' international partners. They back up their struggle through the publication of international reports, the organization of exchange, networking, raising awareness and lobbying. We support this local level by sending out volunteers and on demand of the South we provide political, scientific or judicial support. 

CATAPA's Northern Actions focus on raising awareness and educating people about sustainable metal consumption and the impact of mining and globalization through the organization of info sessions, the maintenance of press relations and the distribution of information through a newsletter, website and publications. These actions are directed by the Education and Communication Operational Committee. 

The Study Operational Committee performs research on demand of the other operational committees. The study committee is dividided into a Technical Assistance Committee, a Judicial Assistance Committee and a Responsible Mining Academic Committee. The technical and judicial committees analyze e.g. the socio-economic or ecological impact of mining, they analyze the effects on the environment for a specific case or they study the international legislation concerned. In the Responsible Mining Academic Committee multidisciplinary research -be it case-specific or general- is carried out and bundled in cooperation with Belgian universities with regard to alternatives and responsible mining. 

As international networking - which is not necessarily case-specific - is one of our principal activities, the Networking and Lobbying Operational Committee was founded. This committee is in charge of searching, contacting and maintaining lobbying and networking contacts in Belgium and the rest of the world. 

All operations are being coordinated as a whole by the Directing Committee. Besides for coordination, the Directing Committee is also responsible for institutionalizing CATAPA and -in dialogue with the Board of Directors and the General Assembly- for the organization's general policy and administration.