Biodiversity Management Strategy & Plan for Gold Mine

Prizma was invited by Kumtor in the Kyrgyz Republic to assist with the development of its Biodiversity Management Strategy and Plan (BMSP). This included a stakeholder focus group workshop in Oct 2012 in Kyrgyzstan and brokering an MOU with Fauna & Flora International (see press release).

The workshop was attended by representatives from the State Agency for Environment and Forestry, two Kyrgyz nature reserves, conservation NGOs, such as Flora and Fauna International and recognized experts, such as Prof. Emil Shukurov, Editor of Kyrgyzstan’s ‘Red Book’ of endangered species. The workshop summary (drafted by FFI), workshop agenda, presentations and list of the participants can all be downloaded as PDFs further below.

Stakeholders welcomed Kumtor’s efforts to pursue a biodiversity management strategy and related collaboration with stakeholders. Kumtor is the first mining company in the Kyrgyz Republic to engage in such activities.

Key components of Kumtor’s BMSP include a portfolio of Biodiversity Enhancement initiatives expected to be implemented in collaboration with key stakeholders. In December 2012, Kumtor also announced that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Fauna & Flora International. Related activities include updating the Sarychat Ertash Nature Reserve's Management Plan. FFI will also provide a series of training sessions for the Reserve staff and local communities, and technical support for the implementation of the Plan. The initial 2012-2013 budget is approximately US $250,000, of which Kumtor will contribute US $70,000 (see press release). Kumtor has also been providing training to its Community Relations Officers (CROs) to further improve stakeholder engagement activities (see here: Training CROs to Strengthen Social License).

What are the key components you would like to see covered in Kumtor's Biodiversity Management Strategy and Plan?

Workshop Proceedings can be downloaded below.

Kumtor's latest Annual Environmental Reports, Prizma's Independent Assessments and ERM's Environmental Due Diligence report can be accessed here.

UPDATE: You can now also access the “Kumtor and Biodiversity”, a summary document, in English, Russian and Kyrgyz. You can also download the full Kumtor Biodiversity Management Strategy and Plan.

 

9 Comments to Biodiversity Management Strategy & Plan for Gold Mine

  1. […] trying to catch up. Some of my more recent entries, which are on an upward trajectory, include Biodiversity Management Strategy & Plan for Gold Mine and Training CROs to Strengthen Social License. Prizma’s Top 10 blog entries for 2011 and 2010 […]

  2. […] As the proverbial proof is in the pudding, I was pleased to note that Kumtor also announced signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with one if its key biodiversity stakeholders: Flora and Fauna International  (see here: Biodiversity Management Strategy & Plan for Gold Mine). […]

  3. […] But let me close on a more positive note. I am pleased that Prizma’s role is not generally viewed to be tainted by conflict of interest as wrongly asserted by Dr. Moldogazieva. Instead, Prizma was recently involved in facilitating a cross-sectoral stakeholder workshop focused on biodiversity issues in the Kyrgyz Republic. This workshop identified opportunities to further promote nature conservation in Kyrgyzstan using a more collaborative approach. I have blogged about the workshop, posted workshop summary and other outcomes here: Biodiversity Management Strategy & Plan for Gold Mine. […]

  4. […] about the scale and significance of impact of a mining company on biodiversity and glaciers (see here and here), I came across some sobering findings. These were presented in the the Kyrgyz Republic's […]

  5. […] a diamond mine, I was enjoying an endorsement by someone who has been observing me dealing with biodiversity and stakeholder engagement. I cherish it along with my other ca 150 endorsements (many thanks!). But are such endorsements […]

  6. […] You may also be interested in reading this subsequent blog entry:  Biodiversity Management Strategy & Plan for Gold Mine  […]

  7. […]  which summarizes the results of the work to which Don and I contributed (see also here: Biodiversity Management Strategy & Plan for Gold Mine). It is the first such strategy and plan developed by a mining company in the Kyrgyz […]

  8. […] The Barskoon road also leads to the small village of Ak Shyrak. It is approximately 18 km eastward of the headquarters of the Sarychat Ertash Nature Reserve, and the main access point to the southern border of the Reserve which had also been the center of attention of complains about the Kumtor mine about which I blogged previously (Biodiversity & Positioning – Problem or Solution? and Biodiversity Management Strategy & Plan for Gold Mine). […]

  9. […] I enjoy site visits and field work. On each occasion I visited Kumtor’s high altitude mine site (4,000 mabs), for example, I have been fortunate to see several to several dozen Marco Polo (argali) sheep who roam the area. In fact, the number of wildlife has been on an increase since the mine started operating. And I had a chance to meet and work with impressive conservation biologists (and I am using this title broadly) who serve in academia, consulting, government agencies, and NGOs. (See also a previous blog entry: Biodiversity Management Strategy & Plan for Gold Mine) […]

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