IFC_Sustainability Exchange 2016

Prizma Attending IFC’s Sustainability Exchange 2016

I am excited to be among the 200 global executives and practitioners from companies, NGOs, the public sector, international development agencies and academia who have been invited to attend IFC’s 10th annual flagship Sustainability Exchange 2016 event.

This invitation-only event, which will be hosted at the IFC from 25-26 May 2016 in Washington DC, is designed to generate frank dialogue on sharing value across business and society, and address sustainability challenges and opportunities faced by infrastructure and natural resource actors in emerging markets.

Key themes of the event include reflections on a decade of bridging communities, companies and governments, 10 years of IFC Performance Standards and the Sustainability Exchange, and the need for transformation and tough choices.

The peer to peer action learning opportunities provides a selection of options for practitioners, ranging from renewables, diversity and governance, to mapping the extractives to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

My perspectives and contributions are informed by my 20 years of professional environmental and social advisory practice ranging from extractives to renewables in emerging markets, including 10 years serving at the European Bank. Examples of Prizma’s work relevant to the IFC include the following:

  • Supporting the developer of Laudato Si Wind Park, Panama (215MW), the largest wind development in Central America. IFC invested $300 million.

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  • Serving on an Independent Monitoring Group (IMG), reviewing a gold mining development in West Africa on behalf of the IFC.
Mine site community visit in Burkina Faso

My team is also involved in a number of other interesting developments, such as a large solar projects in Chile (Phase I: 143MW), a large gold mining project in Venezuela, and assisting Lucara Diamond, which recently received the PDAC 2016 Environmental and Sustainability Award, with its  sustainability reporting needs.

Will you be attending IFC’s 2016 Sustainability Exchange? What are the topics you are most interested in, and what learning and networking objectives will you be trying to meet?

Mine site community visit in Burkina Faso

Lucara Diamond and Lundin Mining in Corporate Knights’ Top 40 List

While contributing to an Independent Monitoring Group review of a gold mining development in Burkina Faso (an inspiring meeting with a women association is depicted above), I was pleased to read that two of Prizma’s Canadian-listed mining clients, Lucara Diamond and Lundin Mining detailed below, made it to Corporate Knights’ 2016 Top 40 list of mid-sized Canadian companies.

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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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Gold Reserve and Prizma meeting Venezuela President Apr2016

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.

IEH Windturbine top shot

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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Artisanal Mining at km88 Venezuela

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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Prizma assisting IFC CAO

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.