Impact Assessment and Feasibility Studies – amalgamate or separate in conjunction with MinSouth and Fiona Cessford
We like to think the bad old days of impact assessment studies being done solely to obtain the necessary permits are in the past, but are they? Unfortunately there are still companies out there who separate and isolate these processes. Proportional impact assessment and amalgamation with project development studies is not just about permitting and keeping local communities informed, it also aims to maximise efficiencies in initial spend, understand and plan for project risks and add significant value when it comes to raising finance or selling the project. The ways in which these aims can be met and the risks of getting it wrong will be discussed with reference to case studies.
Fiona Cessford MSc, PrSciNat, SRK, is a Corporate Consultant with over 25 years’ experience in environmental and social (E&S) management. Fiona’s global experience includes ESIAs, permitting, project engineering studies and due diligences. As part of multidisciplinary teams, she provides E&S expertise with reference to the Equator Principles and IFC Performance Standards, as well as host country requirements.
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