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Supporting Penonome Wind Farm in Panama

Wind farm developmentPrizma has been retained to support the Penonome Wind Farm development in Panama. This project is being developed by Union Eolica Panameña, the Panamanian subsidiary of Spain’s Unión Eólica.

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Equator Principles – Creating New Regulators or the Extra Mile?

A recent note on the LinkedIn site of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) suggests that Equator Principles Financial Institutions (better known as Equator Banks) are emerging as the new 'regulators'. Is this real or desirable?  Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-wZ Read More

Supporting Centerra Gold and Kumtor with GRI Reporting

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Prizma assisted Centerra Gold, a mid-tier and Canadian-based gold mining and exploration company, and Kumtor Gold, based in the Kyrgyz Republic, with their corporate responsibility and sustainability reporting efforts. The reports can be accessed here and here, respectively.  - Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-w1

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Biodiversity Offsets and Enhancements in Mining

Kumtor and Biodiversity CoverA recent BBOP newsletter and Kumtor Gold’s development of its Biodiversity Management Strategy underlined this: many (perhaps not all) roads lead to Rome and positive conservation outcomes. Does Kumtor's approach to support snow leopard and other conservation efforts in Central Asia add value? Will it's collaboration with NGOs such as FFI, the Sarychat Ertash Nature Reserve  (Zapovednik) and others work?

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LinkedIn endorsements: a dime a dozen or valuable?

LinkedIn EndorsementsTaking a break from drafting a sustainability report about a diamond mine, I was enjoying an endorsement by someone who has been observing me dealing with biodiversity and stakeholder engagement. I cherish it along with my other ca 200 endorsements (many thanks!). But are such endorsements gimmicky or do they provide insights about core skills, experiences & peer network?

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Being Accused of Conflict of Interest not Fun

27_Kalia-Moldogazieva-taking-samples-at-the-Kumtor-Goldmine-Dr. Kalia Moldogazieva (right), the Director of “Tree of Life”, a Kyrgyz NGO, accused Prizma’s Mehrdad Nazari of “conflict of interest” in his work relating to Kumtor, a subsidiary of Centerra Gold. Are Dr. Moldogazieva’s concerns justified?

 

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Prizma publishes Winter 2012 Newsletter

Prizma Winter 2012 NewsletterPrizma publishes Winter 2012 Newsletter (PDF, 501 KB). Articles: Biodiversity Management Strategy & Plan for Kumtor Gold Mine; Sustainability Reporting for Lucara Diamond Corp.; Training Community Relations Officers from Mongolia, Turkey and Kyrgyzstan; and Gold Reserve Updates about ICSID Arbitration.

Prizma’s Top 10 Blogs in 2012

It’s that time of year again. As before, I have listed my Top 10 blogs below. Similar to last year, I blogged about 40 articles. Also similar to last year, my blog attracted over 17,000 page views in 2012. Top entries relate to IFC Performance Standards/Equator Principles, GRI and Sustainability Reporting, and the mining sector.

 

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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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Biodiversity Management Strategy & Plan for Gold Mine

Prizma was invited by Kumtor in the Kyrgyz Republic to assist with the development of its Biodiversity Management Strategy and Plan (BMSP). This included a stakeholder focus group workshop in Oct 2012 in Kyrgyzstan and brokering an MOU with Fauna & Flora International (see press release).

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