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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

Who is Prizma and what do we do?

Having just returned from an interesting trip to Chile, it's time to launch Prizma's - now more mobile friendly - website. It highlights our core environmental, social and sustainability advisory services for projects typically involving financing from Development Financial Institutions, such as the International Finance Corporation (IFC) or the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Equator Principles Banks and Private Equity Funds. -- Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-Mf

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Postcard from Atacama Chile

A sustainability reporting assurance engagement provided an opportunity to see the Atacama Desert and stop for a coffee at the beautiful Bahia Inglesia, one of the top 10 beaches in Chile. This trip also provided an opportunity to learn about the changing landscape of Indigenous Peoples in Chile, which seems to be shaping large scale developments ranging from renewables to extractives in the only Latin American OECD Member Country.   - Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-LY Read More

Welcoming Peter Easton, Water Risk & Sustainability Advisor

Peter Easton LI imagePrizma’s collaborative network has been strengthened through Peter Easton, who brings 25 years of international water & environment expertise as both consultant and in operations. His background includes Water Resources Manager for Coca-Cola Europe, and Water & Environment Director at consultancy Zenith International.

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IFC Performance Standards and ESMS Training for InterEnergy Holdings

In early May 2015, Prizma had the opportunity to deliver a tailored 2-day training course to representatives from several of InterEnergy Holdings’ portfolio companies. These ranged from energy generation, transmission and distribution in the Dominican Republic, some of which were co-financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), to InterEnergy’s Laudato Si wind park in Penonomé, Panama. The Laudato Si wind park is the largest wind development in Central America and was co-financed ($300 million) by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Prizma supported InterEnergy with environmental and social aspects of the Penonomé wind farm development. - Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-Lb Read More

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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