31 May 2012

Partnerships in IA - Session II, Presentation 3

Partnership to Ensure Sustainability in South Africa in a Pipeline Project

Highly complex biophysical and socioeconomic environments need greater due diligence and management.

Greenfield inland fuel terminal site

  • We got involved after the EIA was conducted and asked to help with implementation of the EIA recommendations.
  • Without mitigation biodiversity would be negatively impacted.
 

Key challenges:

  • Land set aside for biodiversity mitigation was already used as a communal area whe local people could undertaken farming. So the offset would cause negative community impacts. REcommendation that new land be purchased for these existing communal activities.
  • Associated companies wanted to have their facilities near the terminal meaning more land was needed to accommodate this on this sensitive site. Managing these multiple stakeholders was critical.
  • Three main parties had already had a dialogue where a negotiating framework had already been developed.
 

Addressing the challenges:

  • Technical team of experts that addressed the impacts and possible solutions to these
  • Separate meetings with all the stakeholders where we invited input on expectations
  • But did not have multi stakeholder meetings or get stakeholders to develop solutions
Proposed solution

  • Minimal solution - just meet environmental and social requirements
  • Intermediate solution
  • Optimal solution - exceeding social and Env requirements
  • Used cost benefit analysis
 

IAs can be a tool to deliver sustainable solutions through epbringing stakeholders together and pool knowledge and resources...

 

But partnership model has risks if partners renege on commitments, there is a trust building and problem solving element and an agreement and joint delivery/auctioning element.