CAPACITY TO VERIFY ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENTS

October 2017

Environmental Impact Assessment

Case study 5: environmental impact assessments

HOW ACCOUNTABLE ARE COMPANIES FOR THEIR ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL IMPACTS?

Properly verifying environmental and social impact assessments (ESIAs) ensures that the potential impacts of mining developments are identified before work starts. This enables government authorities to impose effective licence conditions to manage these impacts by requiring mining enterprises to develop and implement effective mitigation plans. Thorough verification of ESIAs makes it more likely that a licence applicant will provide a robust and effective ESIA that does not contain misleading or fraudulent statements or that omits critical information.

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