Social Assessment, Engagement and Advice

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SRK has developed many tools to facilitate informed dialogue with communities potentially impacted by developments.
The prospect of resource development can promise economic benefits to a community. However, that same development may also raise concerns, particularly about potential negative impacts to environmental or traditional considerations of value. Securing a ‘social license’ through community consultation has become as significant as securing regulatory licenses in most mining...
Many mining clients are active in developing countries, often difficult investment environments, where risks include complex political & social issues.
Many of SRK’s mining clients are active in developing countries. These are often difficult investment environments, where risks include complex political and social issues. Banks that uphold Equator Principles are demanding a more robust approach to social matters, and the Performance Standards of the International Finance Corporation emphasize the effective...
SRK has worked with several mining companies in the DRC, assisting them in developing a strategy towards artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM)
Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) is widely practiced all over Africa. Although subject to different definitions, ASM is generally understood to be small-scale, informal mining based on manual labour and hand tools. This form of mining has mushroomed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in recent years, driven...
Towards the end of 2007, SRK Consulting was commissioned to assist with the preparation of an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA),
Towards the end of 2007, SRK Consulting was commissioned to assist with the preparation of an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), as well as a suite of Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs) that would allow the client to secure funding from Equator Principles Financial Institutions. The project took...
SRK included a Skills Registration process as part of an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for a new mine in Botswana.
Skills Registration is a tool that can be used to compile an inventory of the skills of the people living in the vicinity of a greenfields project. This knowledge, especially when obtained ahead of employment, is of value to developers who seek to employ locally as well as develop the...
SRK recommends a comprehensive accounting investigation with the purpose of identifying all possible cost implications of resettlement
What should we consider when calculating relocation and resettlement costs from a best-practices point of view? Numerous considerations are applicable in answering this question, specifically because the IFC performance standards indicate that resettlement must leave all parties with equal or better circumstances than before. In order to highlight the total...
SRK is involved worldwide meeting impact and consultation requirements at the international, national and local level.
The successful engagement and consultation with Native American Tribes for major federal actions, under the U.S. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other laws, requires using both formal and informal facilitation processes to resolve possible conflicts. SRK is involved worldwide meeting impact and consultation requirements at the international, national and...
SRK undertook the ESIA for the construction of the Maguga main dam, including the coordination of specialist studies, public involvement, and liaison with the relevant authorities.
Prior to the late 1970s, the environmental and social impacts of large dam developments were not considered a priority in the decision-making and implementation processes of developers constructing dams. Through Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs), the voices of sociologists and environmentalists, as well as Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and community...
The Red Dog mine in northwest Alaska has injected more than a half billion dollars into the local economy
The Red Dog mine in northwest Alaska was developed under an innovative operating agreement between Teck Alaska and the NANA Regional Corporation, a Native corporation owned by the local Inupiat people. The operation has injected more than a half billion dollars into the local economy, and over 50% of its...
Stakeholder engagement processes
Stakeholder consultations are generally considered an essential part of the impact assessment process, as the environmental policies in many countries have been influenced by internationally-accepted best practice, particularly the standards of the World Bank Group. Nevertheless, in practice, implementing the stakeholder consultation process can vary significantly from country to country...
SRK Consulting completed the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the South African component of a petroleum pipeline proposed by Petroline Holdings Ltd.
SRK Consulting completed the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the South African component of a petroleum pipeline proposed by Petroline Holdings Ltd. Because this 380km linear development crosses from Matola in Mozambique through Mpumalanga to Kendal in South Africa, an extensive public participation process was needed to ensure representative stakeholder...
While an ESIA is critical for identifying and assessing project-related impacts, it is the management plan that shows how the impacts should be addressed.
In terms of current international standards and in the regulatory requirements of many countries, many mining and industrial projects require a full Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and Management Plan (ESMP). While an ESIA is critical for identifying and assessing project-related impacts, it is the management plan that shows...
Partners for Water and Sanitation (PAWS) was established at the World Summit for Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in 2002.
Partners for Water and Sanitation (PAWS) was established at the World Summit for Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in 2002. PAWS mobilises support from the private sector, the government and non-governmental organisations in the UK to help developing countries meet their Millennium goals for water and sanitation. The program is...
SRK recently initiated a public consultation program as part of the ESIA process for Oromin’s potential new mine at Sabodala in Senegal.
Community consultation is a key part of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) process. On behalf of Oromin Joint Venture Group (Oromin), SRK Consulting Canada recently initiated a public consultation program as part of the ESIA process for Oromin’s potential new mine at Sabodala in Senegal. The Oromin Sabodala...
SRK Consulting’s environmental and social team based in Johannesburg has been involved in mining rejuvenation projects in Kolwezi since 2002
After almost a century of copper and cobalt mining and post-colonial civil war, Kolwezi, located in the Katanga Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), was left with a degraded environment and a quarter of a million people subsisting on artisanal mining and agriculture. SRK Consulting’s environmental and social...
SRK undertook a comprehensive Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) of a major bauxite project in Suriname
SRK South Africa undertook a comprehensive Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) of a major bauxite project in Suriname, between 2005 and 2008. The client proposed to mine bauxite in the mountains of western Suriname, and to transport it by train and barge to a refinery in the north-east of...
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