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How my GRI reporting journey started in Venezuela’s jungles a decade ago

As I was updating Prizma's sustainability reporting experience on CorporateRegister.com (now clocking 28 assignments), I was reminded of how it all started about a decade ago while working on an ESIA in the jungles of Venezuela.  Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-RA Read More

Sustainability Reporting Workshop in Kenya

Prizma was recently engaged to facilitate a workshop on sustainability reporting for an independent oil exploration and development company with assets in the East African rift basin system. The tailored workshop was attended by champions representing a variety of disciplines, regions and stakeholders. It also provided an opportunity to take some time off and visit the Nairobi National Park and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which rears orphaned elephants and rhinos.

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Conducting Cyanide-Wildlife Causation Study for Gold Mine

The Kumtor Gold Company in the Kyrgyz Republic, a subsidiary of Centerra Gold, recently re-engaged Prizma to continue a Cyanide Wildlife Causation Study in order to satisfy the requirements of the Cyanide Code.  Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-JN

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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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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.

Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-GC

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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

Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-EL

Jealous of Conservation Biologists? Postcard from South Africa

As I reflect on recent trips to a game lodge and Kruger National Park, and wildlife aspects of gold mining or renewable projects, I realize that I feel jealous of conservation biologists I work with. Are you jealous too? What do you think makes a good conservation biologist?   http://wp.me/p27qSt-Dd

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Eco Oro – formerly Greystar – Angostura gold under IFC CAO Review

Eco Oro Angostura Project under CAO Review

In April 2011, I posted a blog entitled IFC-owned Greystar/Angostura gold development in trouble and wondered if  IFC’s Ombudsman/Advisory Ombudsman (CAO) office (or others) would be asked to review why and how IFC proceeded with a $12 million equity investment in this project, which became reincarnated as Eco Oro Minerals Corp (TSX: EOM). http://wp.me/p27qSt-B9 Read More

Visiting Yuri Gagarin’s Bust – Postcard from Kyrgyzstan

Mehrdad Nazari visiting Yuri Gagarin Bust in BarskoonAs the negotiations around the Kumtor Gold Mine are continuing with more audits and inspections, I had a chance to stop for a picture at one of the more famous tourist sites in the Barskoon valley: a bust from Yuri Gagarin, the first human to journey into outer space in 1961.  - (Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-A6)   Read More

Equator Principles (EPIII) and IFC Performance Standards Training Courses

Equator Principles EPIII and IFC Performance Standards Training Course

Following successful courses delivered in London (hosted by Parsons Brinkerhoff on 21 Sept) and Toronto (hosted by TD Bank on 29 Oct), Prizma was commissioned by a confidential client to deliver a 1-day training courses on the Equator Principles (EPIII or EP3) and the IFC Performance Standards (2012) on December 19th, 2013 in Europe. Please contact us if you are interested in hearing about our future courses. - Shortlink is http://wp.me/p27qSt-zK

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