Assessment of Kyrgyz Interagency Commission Review of Kumtor Mine Published

In response to a top policy-level discussion of a Kyrgyz Interdepartmental Government Commission review of  the Kumtor Mine in Feb 2012, Prizma was invited to independently evaluate the Commission’s critical findings. Prizma’s Independent Assessment and recommendations have now been translated, web-posted and distributed. 

For latest information, please visit this more recent document: Prizma’s Independent Assessment of Parliamentary Commission Report on Kumtor Gold Published (Sept 2012)

 

As detailed previously, Prizma’s team comprised Dr. Don Proebstel, Senior ESIA & Biodiversity Advisor, and Mehrdad Nazari, Senior Corporate Responsibility and ESIA Advisor and Director of Prizma. Prizma’s activities included a detailed review of the Kyrgyz Commission’s report, site visits, interviews with senior Kumtor staff and an extensive document review.

Prizma’s Independent Assessment of the Interagency Commission on Kumtor addressed and provided recommendations relating to assertions contained in the Commission's review. These related to transparency, water quality, biodiversity, glacier impact, Petrov Lake, and mine closure issues. Prizma’s report has been translated and submitted to the President and Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament) of the Kyrgyz Republic, regulatory authorities, and other interested parties.

Prizma’s Independent Assessment was also available to advocacy NGOs in their recent discussions with the European Bank (EBRD), an investor in Kumtor and its parent company Centerra Gold, during EBRD's May 2012 AGM in London.

A summary of Prizma’s Independent Assessment of the Interagency Commission can be accessed here and the full report can be downloaded here. A subsequent Independent Assessment by Prizma of the Parliamentary Commission about Kumto was published in early October 2012 and can be accessed here.

You may also be interested in this previous blog entry: Creating Paper Parks or Biodiversity Value in Kyrgyzstan?

4 Comments to Assessment of Kyrgyz Interagency Commission Review of Kumtor Mine Published

  1. Dr. Godfrey Mvuma says:

    This is a great report. I thank you for good work that you have done. I worked as a Chief Technical Advisor for the UNDP/ENVSEC project in Central Asia based in Kyrgyz Republic, I fully understand the challenges besetting KG Republic in this area. I believe you will continue doing good work.

    Next time you need a hand I will be more than willing to render that hand.

    Best wishes to you all.

  2. Dr. Godfrey Mvuma says:

    Great stuff. keep doing good work for this great country

  3. […] was established in mid-2011 to review Kumtor’s environmental performance (see also my blogs: Assessment of Kyrgyz Commission Review of Kumtor Mine Published  and Creating Paper Parks or Biodiversity Value in […]

  4. […] Last week, I had the opportunity to meet with several members and experts associated with the ‘Tree of Life Commission’ (and allow me to add my thanks again also here). This commission was mandated by the Kyrgyz Government and established towards the end of 2011 to review the environmental performance of the Kumtor gold mine, a subsidiary of Centerra Gold (owned 1/3 by the Kyrgyz government through state-owned mining company Kyrgyzaltyn). The Commission’s report and Prizma’s assessment of that report can be accessed in this recent blog entry: Assessment of Kyrgyz Commission Review of Kumtor Mine Published. […]

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