Midstream Energy Complex, Southern Myanmar
SLP Environmental was appointed to provide Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) services for a major midstream energy complex being developed in Southern Myanmar. As part of our preliminary stakeholder mapping and engagement activities SLP has conducted preliminary stakeholder consultation activities with potential project affected people (PAP) and other stakeholders and prepared the Outline Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP) for the project which will underpin the public disclosure and stakeholder engagement strategy as the project moves forward.
The stakeholder engagement activities are being undertaken in accordance with the requirements laid out in the Draft Public Participation Guideline currently in preparation for MONREC and cognisant of best practice standards and guidelines such as those published by the International Finance Corporation (IFC).
As part of the early stage stakeholder engagement process SLP Environmental used a variety of rapid social survey techniques and these included pilot questionnaire surveys, semi-structured interviews and initial discussions with focus groups and key informants to identify potential stakeholders (Stakeholder ID), gauge public opinion and build relationships with the community at the early planning stage of the factored into the development of a robust Socio-economic Baseline for the Project Site Area.
SLP has prepared the Outline Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP) for the project which sets out the proposed methodologies and mechanisms for Stakeholder Identification, Project Disclosure, Public Participation and Grievance Management. The SEP is a living document which will be updated and revised as necessary during the phased development and implementation stages of the Project.
SLP Environmental will organise public consultation activities at various stages of the project development cycle in accordance with the principle of Informed Consultation and Participation (ICP). The extent and depth of stakeholder engagement activities will comply with the regulatory requirements but also be tailored to the predicted magnitude of the projects adverse impacts and the concerns raised by project affected people and stakeholders during these critical early phases of the stakeholder engagement process. Focus group discussions with vulnerable groups and disadvantaged peoples were also held at the early stage of the project in order to understand the perspectives, concerns and aspirations of what are often the most disenfranchised and unempowered members of society.