The COs that collaborate with Flaviano become active leaders in mobilizing their communities with clear scientific proof against the degradation wrought by oil and mining companies. Flaviano first obtains scientific evidence to demonstrate the degree of contamination and document the adverse health effects that these industries generate. He performs environmental contamination studies and lab analyses of the affected population, normally costly technical procedures inaccessible to such communities. Then, the communities join forces with Flaviano to carry out their own monitoring and acquire the necessary evidence of damages to community health. Flaviano’s model helps train community members to take basic measurements that are later used in scientific studies. With this technical knowledge they helped produce, the citizens are better prepared to deal with emergencies or disasters and take on the corporations themselves.
Providing this type of evidence has empowered COs to garner significant changes in public policy to regulate the processes of the extractive industries. They have also prompted recommendations from international organizations to reposition mines and relocate adversely affected communities. To date, Flaviano has implemented his methodology in Guatemala, Peru, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Argentina. He hopes to reproduce it in communities around the world that are exposed to harm caused by a mining, oil extraction or dam construction project, particularly in Asia and Africa.
He has the aim of creating a network of communities affected by the extractive industries, which are capable of developing and facilitating their own environmental and health monitoring. In some cases, these businesses are involved in the model, in other cases, the communities act independently. The general aim is to create many models for community control of the environmental and social situation in relation to the extractive industries, as well as promoting the systemic change of business-community relations at a regional level.