Social Sciences

By: Digby Wells Environmental  11-11-2011
Keywords: Impact assessments, World Bank

Digby Wells undertakes household, skills or socio economic baseline surveys as part of Socio-Economic Impact Assessments (SIAs) and Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs), these provide clients with a benchmark as well as a better understanding of local communities.

Digby Wells can undertake socio-economic baseline and impact assessments for a wide range of mining, infrastructure and government clients. Social Impact Assessments (SIAs) are undertaken to local country standards as well as international, World Bank and IFC standards. Results of the SIAs are used to guide and inform project design and planning.

Resettlement action plans (RAPs) are undertaken in accordance with World Bank and IFC guidelines. Digby Wells has international and South African experience in developing and assisting with the implementation of RAPs involving communities affected by various mining operations. The RAP process develops a detailed ‘plan of action’ on how to resettle project affected people, leaving them in a situation that is the same as or better than before resettlement.

Digby Wells has extensive experience in the development of Local Economic Development (LED) plans and can assist with the implementation of these initiatives both within the South African context and internationally.

Digby Wells has a dedicated public participation team who undertake consultation for a wide range of clients as part of Environmental Authorisations. This service includes the development of Grievance Procedure Mechanisms. Through the consultation process stakeholders are provided with the opportunity to become involved in projects by raising comments, issues and suggestions and by contributing local knowledge to project design. Digby Wells is experienced in compliance with World Bank and IFC guidelines as well as local country legislative requirements.

Social and Labour Plans (SLPs) are required as part of Mining Right applications in terms of the South African Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA). SLPs aim to build capacity among employees and promote regional and diversified socio-economic development. SLPs also address down-scaling and mine closure. Digby Wells has compiled numerous SLPs and has experience in auditing and implementation of SLPs.

The Digby Wells specialist team have experience in conducting audits on the various social management plans, RAP’s and SLP’s to the requirements of country legislation and International Best Practices.

Cultural Resource Management is offered in accordance with local, national and international standards. Parameters that guide CRM include IFC standards, Unesco guidelines, and the ethics and standards of various international associations. All developments, but mining specifically, potentially affect cultural resources. These resources must be identified, recorded, mapped and documented. Potential impacts must be assessed and managed accordingly.

Digby Wells has the necessary skills to undertake pre-assessment studies and first-phase field assessments through to phase-two mitigation projects and holistic heritage impact assessments, including excavation and mapping archaeological sites, assessment of the historic built environment, identifying and recording intangible heritage, and grave relocations.

Keywords: Impact assessments, World Bank

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