Whilst we finalise the in-field investigations for the Environmental and Social Baselines on-site, which includes specialists in archaeology, soils and traffic, we also continue to manage our project within the socio-environmental framework established through the Summary ESIA process.

The Summary ESIA is essentially an impact assessment for the exploration period which assess the impacts of our current and proposed exploration activities and guides the implementation of management measures. We completed this assessment last year and so are now committed to the measures we proposed in the submission.

As part of this, and going forwards, each year, art this time, we submit our annual ESIA work plan known as a PTA (en française – Plan de Travail Annuel) which has just been validated by the Minister of Environment and will be used as a reference point to ensure we meet our commitments on site.  The PTA was developed under the supervision of the Regional Delegate of Environment, our Senior Geologist and our HSE Officer with guidance from our consultants, ESS and the local company Rainbow.

In summary, the content of this plan includes: Training of staff on health and safety techniques, Collecting and treating hazardous waste in partnership with a locally certified waste management company, Developing further the local content plan as well as the procedures to manage recruiting and contracting of workers, Undertaking Social projects in certain priority villages, and Continuing to develop the procedure to investigate the existence of cultural heritage sites. As part of this, we recently contracted companies to manage recycling and fire safety on-site, building further maturity and local supply chains into our operation.

I thank all those involved in this process and for me, it is absolutely fantastic to have a robust set of management measures in place at this stage of the project that are fit-for-purpose and continues to align with relevant good practice. Good job team. J