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Venezuela’s President hosts Gold Reserve’s Team at Miraflores Palace

As Gold Reserve Inc.’s progresses the development of the join Brisas-Cristinas project, the company’s most senior officers, and environmental and social consultants - including yours truly - involved in the original Brisas Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), were hosted by President Nicolás Maduro at the Miraflores Palace, the official workplace of the President of Venezuela.

The topics of discussions included the current conditions at the KM88/Las Claritas area of Venezuela (see YouTube documentary), which shows the scares of decades of artisanal and small-scale mining activities in the region, and opportunities for transformative changes using modern and responsible mining practices.

The Venezuelan government has been pursuing the diversification of its economy through the industrialization of the mining sector as its 14th economic growth engine about which I blogged here.

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

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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GRI G4 Training and Baklava in Istanbul

Involved in sustainability reporting since 2008, it was time to practice what I preach: get GRI-G4 certified. So why did I go to Turkey…?  Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-Nv

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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

Applying McKinsey Survey Results to Small Non-Profits?

A recent HBR article - Where Boards Fall Short - made me think about my board service experience with the Good News Project, a 501-c-3 nonprofit which provides opportunities for volunteer services and contributes to poverty alleviation in St. Lucia and other islands of the West Indies. What are the transferable lessons and actions? Shortlink: http://wp.me/p27qSt-IR Read More

Postcard from Portugal

Recently, I had a chance to join my colleague Petrus Gildenhuys as part of an AA1000 assurance assignment and visit Portugal. It was a beautiful drive to site: the undulating landscape was interrupted by idyllic villages, and we lost count of the number of storks we noticed along the way. The World Cup was dominating small talk, although it was starting to compete with news about the troubled Portuguese bank Banco Espirito Santo.    http://wp.me/p27qSt-EQ

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Postcard from Burkina Faso by Bill Kennedy

In the early 1990s, on a trip to Moscow for the European Bank, I was given a personal tour of the Kremlin’s gold chamber where the most precious gold crowns, scepters and church utensils were manufactured for the Czar’s courts.   “Unbelievable” I exclaimed to my guide, “I had no idea you had created such treasures.” “Really?” he replied, “Why are you surprised? Russia is not Burkina Faso!”   http://wp.me/p27qSt-Ec Read More

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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Inspiring Women associated with Kumtor Gold

A recent visit to the Kumtor gold mine in Kyrgyzstan provided opportunities to meet a series of inspiring women. These include staff eager to adopt best practice and entrepreneurs who form part of Kumtor's local procurement and supply chain.

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