Project Implementation & Management
Of all the social aspects of a project, resettlement can be the most challenging. Particularly if it involves conflict over land. Our philosophy is to help clients develop and execute resettlement in a manner that gives physically and economically displaced people the opportunity to improve, or at the very least to restore, their livelihood and standard of living.We can facilitate the entire resettlement process:
- Compile Resettlement Action Plans (RAP)
- Conduct Social Census and Asset Surveys
- Perform assessments of potential resettlement areas, and conduct the resettlement site selection process
- Plan and design resettlement areas
- Develop livelihood restoration plans, and
- Monitor communities post-resettlement
Communication is key and we have the skills to develop communication materials that ensure communities are informed of their rights and the changes happening to them throughout the resettlement process.
One of the most important aspects of any project is to gain and sustain the support of the people that live and work in the area of influence.
Our Stakeholder Engagement team helps clients acquire a ‘Social License to Operate’. Through services aimed at building strong and authentic relationships with all government, communities, civil society and all relevant project stakeholders, they:
- Establish and maintain relationships with identified sectors of society
- Develop and implement Stakeholder Engagement Plans (SEP)
- Manage community relations on the ground, on a day-to-day basis
- Develop communication material for each target audience, and
- Monitor grievances and complaints, and assist our clients to respond to these grievances and complaints
At its best, community investment builds strong relationships between a company and its stakeholders and makes a sustained contribution to improved quality of life.Globally, we are seeing more companies than ever before allocating greater proportions of their bottom line to investing in community development initiatives that both benefit their local communities and enhance their own reputation. It’s something we strongly support and are proud to help facilitate through our development of Community Investment Plans (CIPs).
Social context is key and we actively seek opportunities to partner with NGOs that already have a presence in the communities or the greater project area. Depending on what is relevant, we start with capacity building, livelihood development, skills transfer or access to services, then assist our clients to implement and monitor the associated community investment/development initiatives and projects.
CSR may not be a regulatory requirement but for many corporations it has become a genuine moral obligation.We have the necessary experience and skills, and enjoy helping our clients to:
- Determine the areas of greatest need in the community, country or project area
- Develop CSR strategies in line with their corporate objectives
- Implement CSR plans, policies and procedures that enable them to make a meaningful difference.
As a consequence of man-made development, biodiversity is reducing at alarming rates. On any given project, biodiversity impacts are likely to be some of the most significant so, now, lending and government institutions such as the International Finance Corporation (IFC) stipulate that impact assessments should also include a look at ecosystem services (The benefits society receives from ecosystems on a local, regional and national scale).Working closely with our clients we help them:
- Develop Biodiversity Strategies that focus on:
- the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity
- the maintenance of ecosystem goods and services
- Develop, plan and implement:
- Biodiversity Management Plans
- Biodiversity Offset Plans
- Undertake Ecosystem Services Assessments (ESA) in line with IFC Performance Standard 6 (Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources) to provide an understanding of:
- Project dependence on ecosystem services
- Multi-scale impacts and dependence, and
- Indirect and cumulative project impacts.
Environmental Management Plans ensure that project programmes and legislative requirements are met during project implementation. An EMP may be a prerequisite to obtain an environmental permit and, based on the impacts identified for a particular project, our multi-disciplinary team develops practical, fit-for-purpose EMPs that meet all relevant national and global compliance standards.We have developed, coordinated and implemented scores of EMPs for clients and projects at various phases. We can do the same for you.