9 September 2011

Strategic Environmental Assessments of Mining

Came across an interesting blog post via the Linkedin IAIA Group by Mehrdad Nazari:

"...One SEA which caught my attention is a recent SEA study completed in 2011 for the ‘Central Namib Uranium Rush’. It describes itself as the first ever SEA for a mineral province. However, it also notes that this “SEA differs from most others conducted elsewhere because the development in question is neither a policy, plan nor programme, but rather a collection of projects, each being conducted by individual companies that are not related to each other, and in many cases, undertaken in isolation of each other”. This made me wonder if the Namib SEA could also have been called a (Strategic) Cumulative Assessment. Also, this SEA arrived perhaps a bit late to the party. It seems that many key decisions have already been taken in advance of the SEAs.

As apparently characteristic for SEA studies, the Central Namib Uranium Rush study was also financed by a donor. In this case, Germany, through the Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR which is Germany’s Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources), appears to have provided the funding for the SEA study..."

Check out the full blog post here.

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