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Sustainability Reporting Workshop in Kenya

Prizma was recently engaged to facilitate a workshop on sustainability reporting for an independent oil exploration and development company with assets in the East African rift basin system. The tailored workshop was attended by champions representing a variety of disciplines, regions and stakeholders. It also provided an opportunity to take some time off and visit the Nairobi National Park and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which rears orphaned elephants and rhinos.

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Venezuela’s President hosts Gold Reserve’s Team at Miraflores Palace

As Gold Reserve Inc.’s progresses the development of the join Brisas-Cristinas project, the company’s most senior officers, and environmental and social consultants - including yours truly - involved in the original Brisas Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), were hosted by President Nicolás Maduro at the Miraflores Palace, the official workplace of the President of Venezuela.

The topics of discussions included the current conditions at the KM88/Las Claritas area of Venezuela (see YouTube documentary), which shows the scares of decades of artisanal and small-scale mining activities in the region, and opportunities for transformative changes using modern and responsible mining practices.

The Venezuelan government has been pursuing the diversification of its economy through the industrialization of the mining sector as its 14th economic growth engine about which I blogged here.

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Prizma re-engaged by InterEnergy for E&S due diligence review

Prizma was recently re-engaged by InterEnergy Holdings, a regional power company, to conduct an environmental and social due diligence review for two small wind developments in Chile. This review will address also the relevant requirements of the IFC Performance Standards, and the World Bank Group's environmental, health and safety guidelines for wind power generation.    - Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-Pi

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Venezuela MOU paving way for largest gold mine?

Last week (Feb 2016), I had the opportunity to travel to Caracas and witness a new chapter in the development of Gold Reserve Inc's Brisas Gold Project: the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the government of Venezuela during an event hosted at Venezuela’s Central Bank (depicted below).   Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-Pa Read More

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See you at RECAM 2016 in Panama

While watching the snow fall in Wisconsin, I jumped at the invitation to co-present at RECAM 2016, the Renewable Energy Central America conference which will be held in early March 2016 in sunny Panama. Will you be at RECAM in Panama?

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5,500 visitors and 11,400 page views in 2015

At the end of the year, it is always fun to take a look at the performance statistics of my blog and LinkedIn profile. For those of you interested, let me share the results with you. Read More

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Assisting Lucara Diamond with 2015 GRI reporting

Prizma has been re-engaged to assist Lucara Diamond Corp. (Lucara),  PDAC’s  2016 Environmental and Social Responsibility Award winner, with its GRI-G4 based sustainability reporting efforts for the 2015 reporting cycle.

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Assisting IFC/MIGA’s CAO Office

Prizma's ESIA & Sustainability Advisors, Mehrdad Nazari and Dr. Bill Kennedy, were recently engaged by the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO), the independent recourse mechanism for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA). The CAO responds to complaints from project-affected communities with the goal of enhancing social and environmental outcomes on the ground. Mehrdad and Bill will serve on an expert panel and provide compliance-oriented advisory services to the CAO. - You can learn more about Prizma and its activities here: www.prizmasolutions.com.

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Time running out to switch from GRI-G3 to GRI-G4

GRI's statics depicted below show a major shift from GRI-G3, the 3rd generation sustainability reporting guidelines, to G4, the latest guidelines which further emphasize reporting on what matters and where it matters.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thankful for bounty of opportunities

As part of Prizma, a boutique environmental and social advisory practice, I have been fortunate to be able to contribute to some unique projects. These include the Laudato Si Wind development in Penonomé Panama, which was recently visited by former US President Bill Clinton, as well as Lucara Diamond, which recently recovered a 1,111 carat gem quality diamond in Bostwana. You can read more about these projects and Prizma's involvement below.   Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-NR

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