EGC has environmental expertise to assist companies (commonly via steering their contracted national partners) with identifying key environmental and community risks and provide expert advice on how best to manage these risks in a mutual beneficial yet sustainable way.
EGC Environment has experience in managing a diverse range of projects from early stage exploration, through to mine development, ongoing mine practices and eventual mine closure planning.
Our approach is to train field teams to be progressively self-managing whilst meeting industry acceptable standards.
EGC’s environmental & community services include:
- Expert advise regarding environmental and social impact assessments, building responsible and practical environmental strategies with long lasting sustainable benefits.
- Assist companies with expert guidance of their Environmental and Social Studies ensuring mutually beneficial long term sustainable impacts are economic and well balanced for impacted and affected parties.
- Exploration phase environmental risk identification (& ranking) and management including site specific research*
- Implementation of practical baseline (±multi-seasonal) guidelines for projects operating in sensitive areas. EGC trains field teams on how to sample in the field and analyse the results so they can progressively learn to be self-managing.
- Coaching national staff and local contractors for mine studies to ensure legislative requirements are met and full commitments are considered with long term sustainable strategies, this involves evaluation of full sequence of change management including primary, secondary and tertiary impacts which EGC believes is a true measure of the plan’s long term environmental and community sustainability and effectiveness. Secondary and tertiary impacts are often challenging to define and measure without prior experience.
- Coaching of site staff on how to implement simple but effective management plans.
- Front-end-loading of environmental and community studies during the exploration phase should a mining phase be considered.
*Site specific research includes unknown or unmeasured risks identified during the exploration or early development phase. Some examples include management of wildlife or dangerous animals on a project, strategies to minimize tree destruction during the job seeker inward migration phase, what are the most suitable yet sustainable community investment initiatives, how best to work with and manage community relations, cultural beliefs, male and female cultural beliefs, early identification of rare and endangered species and its potential impact on the project start-up etc. It sounds easy however many companies struggle during the early commissioning and development phase which results in community distrust, anti mining lobby groups, lengthy court actions and general conflict which ultimately negatively impacts the project and its commissioning schedule.