- Health, Safety & Environment
Social and environmental baseline studies
What is a social and environmental baseline study?
We evaluate the condition of air, water, soils, plants and animals and socio economic conditions before we undertake a project. Subsequently, in the event that we decide to develop a mine, we possess the data needed to recognize and manage environmental and social changes. Each aspect contributes to a baseline picture of the social and environmental landscape before we start to work.
Who performs the environmental baseline study?
Golder Associates, our main consultant, is leading a multidisciplinary team. The team includes Water Management Consultants, Ground Water International, Montgomery Watson, Ecometrix, Corbidi, Inro, ABT, and Grade.
Components of the Study
An air quality study is aimed at measuring the amount of dust and some gases in the environment.
We need to determine existing noise levels so that if we develop the project, we will have a baseline against which to measure any increase.
Our water monitoring programme began when we set up a camp at La Granja, in November 2006. We are currently studying the principal rivers and watersheds and their sources located within the La Granja area.
One of our aims is to develop a picture of the current aquatic habitat for the Environmental Impact Assessment.
Initial studies have shown the presence of habitats including cloud forest, riparian vegetation and cultivated areas.
We are studying a core group of five communities located in the project area, to record the social baseline. This includes health monitoring.
Mapping the geographic distribution of disease carriers enables us to conduct risk assessments, and develop our health strategy.