Coal Mining Operation, Sagaing Region, Myanmar
SLP Environmental Co., Ltd was appointed by a Multilateral Development Bank on a four year assignment to provide Environmental, Social and Health and Safety Performance Monitoring, EHS Auditing and Impact Assessment services. The primary objective of the assignment is to assess the borrowers performance with respect to the requirements of the project’s Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP), applicable IFC Performance Standards, Sector Specific EHS Guidelines and various environmental and social (E&S) safeguards subplans.
The project consists of a large scale coal mining operation and its associated ancillary activities related to accommodation, infrastructure, utilities and transportation. The project is situated in a remote area characterised by natural habitat and endangered and vulnerable species are confirmed present in the general Project Site Area.
In addition to the Project ESAP numerous other Environmental and Social (E&S) safeguards plans have been developed for the project including a Biodiversity Action Plan (including Biodiversity Offset Plan), Stakeholder Engagement Plan, Environmental and Social Management Plan, Community Health Program, Contractor Management Plan and Mine Closure and Rehabilitation Plan.
SLP’s services include bi-annual performance monitoring surveillance audits at the mine over four years to monitor the implementation of the ESAP/IFC PS and the various E&S sub-plans and to provide the borrower with support and professional advice with respect to enhancing implementation procedures, including training and capacity building onsite.
SLP is also contracted to provide other ad-hoc services on an as required basis over the 4 year term of the assignment and these include the preparation of impact assessments for project subcomponents and assistance with the development of safeguards subplans.
SLP issues biannual performance monitoring surveillance audit reports which categorize findings in accordance with the most pertinent IFC Performance Standard or other relevant best practice theme. Corrective actions are prioritised based upon the status of a project specific and or performance standard requirement and in OHS instances risk assessment techniques. Each performance monitoring surveillance audit report contains an Action Plan to address significant findings and an Implementation Tracking Matrix for follow on use.