Impact assessments

Minimizing negative social and environmental impacts

To minimize negative social and environmental impacts of their activities, mining companies need to complete an environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA), and associated environmental and social management plans.

WWF thinks an ESIA should be mandatory for all new mining facilities and associated infrastructure in areas of sensitive biodiversity.

All processes should be covered

The ESIA should cover all processes, starting with the exploration phase. ESIA should also be mandatory in the case of significant changes to operations at existing facilities.

Environmental and social impact assessments should be undertaken according to the highest international standards. For this to happen, real, informed consultation with all stakeholders is essential.

To address this issue, WWF is taking the following actions:

  • Advocacy

Advocacy for ESIAs when exploration is planned in areas of sensitive biodiversity, and inclusion of infrastructure in ESIAs.
   
  • Critical review

Critical review of ESIAs completed for large projects in priority landscapes.

  • Work with companies

Work with companies to improve quality of ESIAs, and monitoring of effective implementation of management plans.

  • Capacity building

Capacity building of governments and civil society to participate in, and analyze impact assessments, so as to allow them to assess and monitor the real social and environmental consequences of a mining operation, and take decisions accordingly. 

  • Independent advisory board

Investigate the possibilities to support the establishment of an independent regional advisory board on ESIAs.
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WWF thinks environmental and social impact assessment should be mandatory for all new mining facilities and associated infrastructure in areas of sensitive biodiversity.
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Environmental and social impact assessment should be mandatory for all new mining facilities and associated infrastructure in areas of sensitive biodiversity.

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