Waisoi Project Environmental Impact Assessment


The Waisoi Project, a copper and gold project, is undergoing an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) as required by the Environment Management Act (2005).

An EIA is a common and important part of any major development process to ensure all issues are fully understood and taken into account before anything is built.

A Terms of Reference (ToR) is developed by the Government to guide the EIA studies and a final EIA report is produced and submitted to the Government for consideration. The Government makes a decision to allow a development to proceed based on the EIA. The developer then decides whether to proceed with the project based on a range of factors, including the Government’s development permit conditions and economic and social considerations.

The Waisoi Project EIA will assess potential environmental and social impacts of a mine in the area. A cultural heritage study is also being conducted to help identify the location and the importance of known cultural sites. This includes consultation with the affected villages and site verification with villagers.

Timeframes and Status

The Fiji Government, through the Department of Environment, issued the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the Waisoi Project EIA, following a series of community and stakeholder consultation sessions. The ToR guides the scope of the environmental, social and cultural heritage studies that are now underway.

EIA Terms of Reference

Public consultation sessions are being held at key stages during the EIA to inform project stakeholders about the project and seek the comments and concerns.

The EIA report is expected to be submitted to the Fiji Government in 2016.

Click to view EIA Terms of Reference – Final (December 2016)


The EIA will gather a wide range of environmental and social information, identify potential impacts and provide options on how they could be managed.

The environmental studies will include data gathering and analysis of soil, air, noise, ground water, waterways and ecology conditions. The social studies will assess community health, cultural heritage, traffic and transport, ecological risk, economics and other socioeconomic factors.

The data collected is then assessed to determine any impacts and how these can be mitigated.

The final EIA report will help the Government decide if a mine at Waisoi can be developed safely and economically and in an environmentally sustainable manner. It is also the formal mechanism by which the Government would approve the Waisoi Project.

The EIA findings will be transferred into Environmental, Social and Cultural Heritage Management Plans covering the construction and operational stages of the mine. These plans will specify the environmental, social and cultural heritage management measures NJV will follow.

Fact sheet – Waisoi Project Environmental Impact Assessment

Fact sheet – Waisoi Project

Fact sheet – Project Lifecycle

Fact sheet – ESIA Process

Fact sheet – Community Engagement and the ESIA

Fact sheet – Business and Economic Development Opportunities

Fact sheet – Employment and Training Opportunities

Fact sheet – Social Baseline Studies

Fact sheet – Environmental Baseline Studies

Fact sheet – Waisoi Project Infrastructure

Fact sheet – Co-Disposal Storage Facility

Fact sheet – Mining and Processing

Fact sheet – Concentrate Transport Route

Fact sheet – Bulk Handling Facility

Fact sheet – Steps in Mine Construction

Fact sheet – Dirty Water Management

Fact sheet – Rainwater Management

Fact sheet – What would the Waisoi Project Look Like?

Fact sheet – Mine Rehabilitation

Public Consultation and Stakeholder Engagement

Consultation and engagement with the local community and other stakeholders is an important part of the EIA process.

All project stakeholders are encouraged to participate in the EIA consultation activities. It is critical that all interested stakeholders, particularly those people who live in communities in proximity to the project area, have a thorough understanding of the proposed mine and an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments.

The EIA process includes a number of opportunities for interested stakeholders to provide their input, either through attendance at consultation and information sessions, or by submitting comments directly to the EIA team.

The EIA public consultation sessions include information on 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.

Feedback will be addressed in the EIA report.

EIA Awareness Training

An EIA awareness training was undertaken by Fiji Environmental Law Association (FELA) in October/November 2016.  The following materials were presented and discussed during the training program.

Presentation-1-Overview of Environmental Management Act (EMA)

Presentation 2 – What is the EIA Process

Presentation 3 – Step 1: Screening and Role of Approving Authorities

Presentation 4 – Scoping and Terms of Reference

Presentation 5 – EIA Report

Presentation 6 – Step 2: Review and Decision

Environment Management-EIA Regulations 2007

Environment Management Act 2005

EMA-Tribunal Rules and Regulations 2013