Public consultations as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the proposed Waisoi copper and gold mine in Namosi and Naitasiri Provinces will continue at the end of January.
The Waisoi project is currently in the exploration phase.
The purpose of the next round of consultation sessions is to provide information about the proposed mine and seek feedback from villagers and other stakeholders.
Information will include what the potential mine may look like, the proposed location of the main components including open pits, tailings dam, power plant and roads as well as the environmental management plans.
The EIA will help determine whether a mine can be developed safely and economically and in an environmentally sustainable manner.
The EIA is a requirement of the Fiji Government and is being conducted by Golder Associates, an independent and internationally experienced firm, in conjunction with the Institute of Applied Science at the University of the South Pacific.
The EIA process includes extensive consultation with nearby villagers and other impacted or interested stakeholders.
It also includes a range of studies including environmental studies of flora and fauna, river systems and aquatic life, assessing potential noise and dust, traffic, social and cultural studies including current community health and cultural heritage.
The data collected during the EIA will be assessed to determine the impacts and how these can be mitigated. There will be further consultation with relevant stakeholder groups to discuss the results of this work.
The Fiji Government will then determine if a mine can proceed and under what conditions.
The NJV will then decide whether to build and operate a mine.
Consultation session locations and dates will be advertised in local papers and radio stations.
Stanley Simpson, NJV Public Affairs and Communications Manager on email firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 7070925