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Attending IFC Sustainability Exchange 2017 in Cartagena

After attending IFC’s flagship annual Sustainability Exchange in 2016 , I was pleased to be invited once more to attend the upcoming IFC 2017 Sustainability Exchange which – for the first time – will not be held in IFC’s HQ in Washington DC. It will be interesting to see how this format change may engage a new set of stakeholders, create new angles and insights, and further leverage knowledge sharing. Read More

Congrats to former EBRD colleagues bagging awards at IAIA17 conference in Montreal

I attended the annual conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) in Montreal to reconnect with my professional peers, learn from the many interesting presentations still "daring" to consider Climate Change impacts (despite of President Trump), and attend a masterclass on integrating Human Rights into impact assessment and E&S/IE/IMG Reviews. However, other important moments for me - an alum of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) - included IAIA handing out awards to Dr. Bill Kennedy and Mark King, both my former EBRD colleagues. I learned a lot working with both of them as highlighted below. Read More

Seeing a reindeer in a bar makes you wonder…

 

Having recently returned from a workshop with Crusader Resources in balmy Belo Horizonte, Brazil, I decided to embrace the winter in Wisconsin, and celebrate 10 inches of fresh snow by taking my family skiing. - Consider my surprise when noticing a reindeer prancing through the bar while I was enjoying a drink at the chalet. Read More

Crusader Resources engages Prizma

Prizma, a niche environmental and social advisory practice, was engaged by Crusader Resources, a specialized minerals producer focused on bulk commodities and precious metals in Brazil. Prizma will be assisting Crusader to develop bankable environmental and social studies and plans aligned with the IFC Performance Standards.

 

Prizma engaged by Lundin Gold for Sustainability Reporting

Lundin Gold, a listed Canadian mining company, recently engaged Prizma, a niche environmental and social advisory practice, to provide sustainability reporting related advisory services. Lundin Gold is developing its Fruta del Norte gold project in southeastern Ecuador.

Welcoming Patricia Darez as a Prizma Associate

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It is a pleasure to introduce you to Patricia Darez, a multilingual Chartered Engineer with more than 11 years’ international experience, based in Chile. Patricia is adding considerable additional depth and renewable expertise to our team.

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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

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.

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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Wind farms and Completos in Chile

Chile is really growing on me. Three trips over the past three months have allowed me to visit different parts of Chile, experience an inviting culture, see diverse projects ranging from copper mining to renewables, and food I have not had before: including the humble Completo. -- Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-Nj Read More