Permitting & Impact Assessment

EthnoExpert offers its clients consulting services in the environmental and social spheres in support of industrial projects.

Industrial project implementation requires obtaining official permits / licenses for executing economic and other activities, receiving approvals for environmental and social risk management at all stages of the project preparation and implementation. Depending on the project specifics, it is necessary to comply with the international standard requirements, as well as state norms (federal) and regional legislation.

Large-scale deposit development, mining industry, and oil and gas pipelines construction projects potentially influence the environment and local population. This is a crucial point to consider at the pre-project planning stage, during implementation and operation periods.

EthnoExpert aims at industrial project secure sustainable development and offers the following services for making environmental and socio-oriented decisions:

  • Assessing project implementation environmental and social effects
  • Defining the list of ecosystem services and their characteristics at the pre-project stage
  • Tracking community’s opinion during every stage of project implementation
  • Assessing and managing risks
  • Developing measures to minimize and prevent the negative impacts at the EIA and ESIA survey stage, taking into account environmental legislation
  • Monitoring the current state of ecosystem services at the project implementation stages and identifying residual impacts at the project completion stage

The implementation of the proposed recommendations and activities in the environmental and social spheres provides the industrial project with the passage of the necessary stages of approval and successful development at subsequent stages of implementation.

Company’s operations comply with the following international standards:

  • IFC’s Environmental and Social Performance Standards
    • Performance Standard «Environmental and Social Risk and Impact Assessment and Management»
    • Performance Standard «Living Natural Resource Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management»
    • Performance Standard «Indigenous Peoples»
  • Equator Principles, an environmental and social risk management system for financing large-scale industrial projects
  • The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)
  • Guides to ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation (IPIECA)

Compliance with the Russian Federation’s environmental legislation norms regulating the implementation of industrial projects, which includes

  • Federal Law «On Protection of Environment» from December 20, 2001 No. 7-F3
  • Federal Law «Concerning Ecological Examinations» from July 19, 1995 No. 174-F3
  • National Biodiversity Conservation Strategy of Russia;

Building relationships with the local community, including communities of indigenous small-numbered peoples of the Russian Federation in accordance with federal and regional legislation, including federal laws:

  • “On Guarantees of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the Russian Federation” from April 30, 1999 No. 82-F3
  • “On Territories of Traditional Nature Management of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East of the Russian Federation” from May 7, 2001. No. 49-F3
Anton Chistyakov

Leading Expert, Social studies and Indigenous people

"Expert forecasting of environmental and social risks and potential impacts is a prerequisite for industrial project successful negotiation and implementation."

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