Rescology Environmental Consultants offer focussed and flexible consulting services across different continents including Africa, Australia and Asia. We focus on the individual and unique needs of each of our clients and their projects with a commitment to delivery, transparency and integrity. With capabilities in due diligence, strategy, environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA), approvals and permitting, environmental management planning, mine closure and rehabilitation, we are well equipped to service the resources, infrastructure and land development sectors. Our working knowledge of environmental legislation, related laws, the Equator Principles (EP), World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC) Standards and Organisation for Cooperation and Development (OECD) Recommendations are an advantage for clients.
Exploration environmental management and impact assessment of Environmentally Sensitive Areas in Western Australia for several clients in the Great Southern and Midwest regions. Deliverables included ecological survey, statutory environmental reporting, an audit of compliance, a rehabilitation management plan, a rehabilitation performance evaluation and stakeholder engagement. Noteworthy environmental factors included Phytophthora dieback, black cockatoo habitat, threatened and priority ecological communities, declared rare and threatened flora, declared invasive species and erosion remediation.
Due diligences in gold and graphite for projects in Philippines, Tanzania and Central America for engineering firms and investors involving assessment of social, environmental and closure performance with a strategy for mitigation. The project in Tanzania included assessment against Equator Principles. Other projects included assessment against national legislation and international standards and norms (ANZECC and ARMCANZ water quality guidelines).
- improved surface water management and mitigation by threatening processes;
- adapting rehabilitation strategy for different regolith and landscape features;
- contribution to strategy for improved governance and policy.
2017 to 2018
Environmental and Social Scoping study for an East African Gold Project including the extensive legislative requirements during legislative reform, assessment of environmental and social factors, strategy for impact assessment and approvals, time-frame, capability and costs. Other project contributions included building relationship with in-country consultants, community and government, other proponents and non government organisations and developing strategy for mitigation of key risks by small scale artisanal mining in lease areas.
- the successful resourcing of capability through established networks; and
- introductions to key decision makers in government and community.
2017 to 2018
Review and input into ESIA strategy and reporting for a Southern African copper mine as part of the management team including, input into strategy for ecological survey and gathering of baseline information, ensuring integration of IFC Standards, the development of the Conceptual Mine Closure Plan and Closure Cost Model, review of the Terms of Reference document (ToR) specifically the binding and implied commitments, stakeholder engagement for mine closure, pre-feasibility reporting and continued involvement feasibility.
- Contribution to suite of ecological investigations including strategy for assessment of conservation significant fauna; and
- Building relationship with in-country consultants.
Independent Review of ESIA for a Tanzanian Gold Project with contribution to management of risk, strategy for impact assessment, review of procurement and employment management plans.
Due Diligence for CSA Global on West Asian Gold Asset including initial high level gap analysis followed by due diligence ahead of listing. This included the review and assessment of environmental and social status, strategy for impact assessment and mine closure, context of international agreements and legislative reform.
- Identification of gaps in legislative compliance requirements and contribution to strategy for mitigation of risks.
Mine Closure and Relinquishment Pathway for a lease in Western Australia. An independent review of mine closure progress and rehabilitation performance for a mining lease in the Goldfields region. This comprised of a review of legal obligations, reporting, baseline and closure monitoring, remedial works and stakeholder engagement, a residual risk analysis of the economic and non-economic risks with recommendations and mapping a relinquishment pathway.
2011 to 2015
Due diligence and strategy for recommencement of mining for Fortnum, Horseshoe, Mt Beasley and Peak Hill Gold Mines, Midwest Region, Western Australia. Our involvement on this project was in a project lead and management capacity. We worked closely with the board and executive management on recommencement of mining and asset development. This included development of the impact assessment strategy, costs and time-frames to ensure delivery of multiple mines, whilst accommodating changes in the mine schedule, mine designs and sequencing.
- Resourcing and management of specialist capability;
- Liaison and coordination with external consultants and stakeholders; and
- Oversight and contribution to the suite of environmental approvals and permit applications to support mining.
Other project support included baseline surveys of the Forest Project, statutory environmental reporting for the Fortnum and Peak Hill Gold Mines, stakeholder and regulatory liaison, remediation rehabilitation works and feasibility reporting leading to sale of the assets in 2015.
In Myanmar as part of an expatriate team for an engineering firm, we assisted with the community consultation strategy and implementation involving 23 villages surrounding the mine. Our contribution included strategy for engagement, identification and development of materials for engagement, mentoring support and reporting. Stakeholder engagement included community members and groups, elders, tribal and religious leaders, local, regional and national government, activists and non-government organisations.