Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

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Prizma Sponsoring IAIA15 Conference in Florence

As an environmental and sustainability practitioner involved in developments financed by multilateral financial institutions and Equator Banks (see examples below), I value the opportunity to network with and learn from my professional peers. Several of my team members and I are members of the International Association for Impact Assessment, the leading global network on best practice in the use of impact assessment. Also, my former colleagues from the European Bank  will be collecting an IAIA award. So it seems only appropriate for Prizma to be sponsoring IAIA’s 35th Annual Conference themed Impact Assessment in the Digital Era. IAIA15 will be held from 20-23 April 2015 in Florence, Italy, and I look forward to seeing some of you at the event.  You can download the final conference program here.   -  Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-Ka

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Wind Power Challenges and Solutions – Seminar hosted by IDB

As a consultant currently contributing to the development of a wind farm project in Panama, and previously serving as an environmental specialist at the European Bank in London, I took the opportunity to attend a recent seminar on Wind Power Challenges and Solutions. The seminar was hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington DC. The meeting provided valuable insights into lessons learned, and emerging environmental expectations of financiers of wind projects in emerging markets. (Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-Gu)

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Gold Reserve ICSID Arbitration Update

On July 23, 2014, Gold Reserve Inc. announced that the arbitral tribunal in the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) case has declared the proceedings closed. Gold Reserve claims damages of approximately $2.1 billion, including interest.

As part of this case, Mehrdad Nazari, Prizma’s Senior ESIA and Sustainability Advisor, was engaged by White & Case LLP to serve as an expert witness on ESIA aspects related to the IFC Performance Standards and Equator Principles.

You can access Gold Reserve recent media release here: Gold Reserve Announces Proceedings in ICSID Arbitration Case with Venezuela Closed by Tribunal. You can read about Prizma's other projects here.

22 Sep 2014 update: Gold Reserve Awarded $740.3 Million by ICSID for the Expropriation of the Brisas Project by Venezuela

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IFC’s Draft Cumulative Impact Assessment Guidance out for Comments

IFC Draft Good Practice Note on CIACIA can be a vulnerable spot in bankable ESIAs for large scale project developments. This draft IFC Good Practice Note on Cumulative Impact Assessment and Management  is an interesting (required?) reading for bankable ESIA practitioners. Does it open up any cumulative cans of worms?

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Gold Reserve ICSID Arbitration Update

Gold Reserve provides an update about its Request for Arbitration under the Additional Facility Rules of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) filed in Nov 2009 and  seeking compensation totaling approximately US $2.1 billion.

22 Sep 2014 update: Gold Reserve Awarded $740.3 Million by ICSID for the Expropriation of the Brisas Project by Venezuela

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Supporting Claimant at International Arbitration Hearing at ICSID

Prizma's Mehrdad Nazari was engaged by White & Case to serve as an Expert Witness for Claimant in the case of Gold Reserve Inc. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela which is before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). According to its press release, Gold Reserve claims damages of approximately $2.1 billion arising from violations of provisions of the Canada-Venezuela bilateral investment treaty resulting in the effective expropriation of Gold Reserve's sizable investments in the Brisas gold/copper project and the Choco 5 property.

22 Sep 2014 update: Gold Reserve Awarded $740.3 Million by ICSID for the Expropriation of the Brisas Project by Venezuela

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Most Popular Entries on this Blog in 2011

As the year is coming to an end, I assembled the favorite entries on my blog. Are you curious to see which ones made it to the Top 10 list and which ones attracted most comments? Read More

European Bank Outreach to US-based Consultants in Chicago & Washington

European Bank

The Consultancy Services Unit of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is conducting an outreach to US-based consultants in Chicago (Nov 30) and Washington DC (Dec 1).  Read More

Prizma publishes Summer 2011 News

 

Articles: Prizma provided Expert Witness services on ICSID arbitration case, assisted Lundin Mining and Fulbright Academy to generate Sustainability Reports, and co-delivered four GRI-certified training courses. Access newsletter here.

Strategic Environmental Assessments in Mining

There appears to be an increase in SEAs relating to the extractive/mining sector, including the Central Namib Uranium Rush study, which caught my eye.

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