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1 FINEX 2008 Environment & Exploration: New Codes and New Attitudes by Fergus Anckorn

2  (A VERY brief) History of Environmental Management  Environmental Impacts of exploration  Regulations and Guidance  Impact Mitigation Measures  Community Awareness  NGOs What we will cover

3 HEALTH AND SAFETY – AND SECURITY??? Do you have a risk assessment? Do you have a plan to minimise risk? Are exploration staff trained?

4 History of Environmental Management & Mining  Mining Acts that were aimed to protect property rights of other land users  Extension of those Acts to accommodate the new health and safety Acts introduced in the 19 th and 20 th centuries (water and air)  Increasing environmental awareness commencing in the 1980s with the Bruntland Commission Report on sustainable development  Demands by governments, communities, shareholders, NGOs and funding agencies for improved environmental management  And into the 21 st Century - Greater awareness of the need to address social/community issues

5 The Modern Mining Industry’s Driving Axiom Mining has as much to do with achieving public and potential shareholder’s confidence as it does with exploration and exploitation of mineral resources

6 Environmental Impacts of Exploration  Air quality  Surface water and groundwater  Soils and land use  Wildlife  Noise  Visual impacts  Cultural Heritage  Socio-economic impacts

7 Exploration impacts

8 Regulations & Guidance  Mining Acts  Exploration permit conditions  Environmental protection legislation – Air quality – Water – Soils – Wildlife  World Bank/IFC guidance and performance standards  International Council on Mining & Metals  Country-based guidance  Association guidance – eg PDAC  Company codes

9 Environmental management guidance for exploration

10 Impact Mitigation Measures  Research permit conditions, environmental legislation, environmental codes, etc;  Scope potential impacts – environmental and community sensitivities?  Consultation with affected stakeholders  Minimise exploration footprint  Provision for appropriate containment of fuels, etc;  Spill contingency measures;  Stakeholder liaison;  Site clean-up and restoration/after-care

11 Low footprint Exploration

12 Community awareness (PDAC guidance)  Exploration provides first contact  “Phoney mine” danger – Expectations created – Promises made  Preconditions attitudes to eventual mining

13  Reduced risk of social conflict and attendant delays.  Faster permitting and approvals.  Reduced risk of criticism and interference from outside parties.  More effective use of corporate resources (particularly community relations and community development budgets). Dealing with communities Why?

14  Who do we talk to?  What is the structure and organization of the community (or communities) to be engaged?  When do we talk?  Before or after what event or activity?  What do we talk about?  What can be said?  How do we talk?  What are the cultural characteristics of the community (or communities) to be engaged?  What is the capacity of our company to participate in this process?  What is our ability, credibility, and confidence?  Where do we find assistance?  What is the capacity of the community to participate in this process?  Do community members have the ability, experience, organization, and access to support in order to deal with this situation?  Where can assistance be found to support the community? Dealing with communities How?

15  Respect. Respect for all parties  Honesty. Full, true and plain disclosure of information.  Inclusion. Ensuring that the process is inclusive, that all parties who should be present are indeed present.  Transparency. Establishing and maintaining complete transparency in all aspects of the process.  Communication. Listening to the community as well as talking with its members. You should also be  Sensitive to local cultural norms, and modify the engagement process to accommodate these norms.  Creating realistic expectations on all sides.  Starting early, thereby allowing time for learning, understanding and getting to know each other. Dealing with communities Principles

16 When things go wrong……………….

17 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) 1  Raising environmental awareness  Assisting to identify issues  Whistle-blowing

18 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) 2  Obfuscation and delays  Taking political stances  Providing a tool for the corrupt and the unscrupulous  No proper accountability

19 Push-back?

20 Summary  You are the first contact with the host community  What you do matters  There is a LOT of guidance and help available  Do your homework on environmental and social sensitivity  Have a plan to deal with the environment and communities and revise it as experience is gained  H&S – and Security management?  Consult before, during and after THE END!

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