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Community Relations Plan is Important to Peruvian Project
Peru, South America
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A copper mining operation in what is slated to become a major copper-producing region in southern Peru has received government approval and is undergoing final permitting as it readies for construction start-up.
A significant milestone in the required Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) process was a public hearing, following a series of informational workshops, that was attended by several thousand representatives from neighboring communities, municipal authorities and regional officers, as well as representatives of the local mining bureaus. At this occasion, presentation of the Environmental Impact Study for the 35,000-hectare (~87,000 acres) project was met with very favorable support.
These types of projects are required to identify and properly manage complex social and environmental issues in partnership with local communities.
Golder helped develop the community relations plan and citizen public participation plan - both of which are part of the extensive ESIA that Golder conducted. The scope covered baseline studies in physical, biological and social-economic components; an impact assessment on hydrology, water quality, air and noise; and the environmental management plans.
The community outreach efforts have been effective in demonstrating a strong commitment to work with local stakeholders to ensure the project provides sustainable benefits to the entire region.
The developer has undertaken more than 50 sustainability efforts to address water and sanitation, agriculture and livestock breeding, health, education, electricity provision and transportation.