FINEX 2008 Environment & Exploration: New Codes and New Attitudes by Fergus Anckorn.
Published byModified over 6 years ago
Presentation on theme: "FINEX 2008 Environment & Exploration: New Codes and New Attitudes by Fergus Anckorn."— Presentation transcript:
FINEX 2008 Environment & Exploration: New Codes and New Attitudes by Fergus Anckorn
(A VERY brief) History of Environmental Management Environmental Impacts of exploration Regulations and Guidance Impact Mitigation Measures Community Awareness NGOs What we will cover
HEALTH AND SAFETY – AND SECURITY??? Do you have a risk assessment? Do you have a plan to minimise risk? Are exploration staff trained?
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
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
Environmental Impacts of Exploration Air quality Surface water and groundwater Soils and land use Wildlife Noise Visual impacts Cultural Heritage Socio-economic impacts
Community awareness (PDAC guidance) Exploration provides first contact “Phoney mine” danger – Expectations created – Promises made Preconditions attitudes to eventual mining
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?
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?
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
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!