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?