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E&S Guidelines for Wind Projects in Emerging Markets
The scale of wind farm developments in emerging markets and associated risks often necessitate co-financing by bilateral or export credit agencies, development and multilateral financial institutions, and Equator Banks. The key environmental and social guidelines (and good practice notes) for wind projects these financial institutions - and their independent engineers - use to benchmark environmental and social risks, and define monitoring and mitigation requirements are listed in this blog entry.
Equator Banks get poor Marks on Transparency and Disclosure
As a practitioner involved in bankable ESIAs, and supporting developers and financial advisors/institutions for projects ranging from wind farms to mining, I follow the developments around the IFC Performance Standards and the Equator Principles closely. This is why Olaf Weber’s publication “Equator Principles Reporting: Do Financial Institutions meet their Goals?” caught my eye. -- Link: http://wp.me/p27qSt-FG
Local Procurement in Canadian Mining Sector
In February 2014, Engineers Without Borders Canada released a
Postcard from London: Meeting at EBRD, Harpenden or Joburg?
Visiting Yuri Gagarin’s Bust – Postcard from Kyrgyzstan
Equator Principles (EPIII) and IFC Performance Standards Training Courses
Following successful courses delivered in London (hosted by Parsons Brinkerhoff on 21 Sept) and Toronto (hosted by TD Bank on 29 Oct),
Water Access, Pollution Realities in Naryn: EBRD to fund FS, Project
Instead of conjuring up mining related pollution problems (see also Postcard from Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic), the City of Naryn and multilateral lenders seem to be embracing the realities associated with dilapidated water and waste water treatment systems.
Biodiversity & Positioning – Problem or Solution?
At a recent workshop facilitated by