Nimini will prevent or otherwise minimise, mitigate and remediate potentially adverse effects of its operations on the environment and surrounding communities.
Nimini is committed to the development of all projects in accordance with international best practices. At the Komahun Gold Project, a comprehensive environmental and social impact study was concluded which included meetings with the surrounding communities and local representatives. This study, following approval through a public consultation process, was submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency of Sierra Leone. That Agency subsequently granted Nimini an Environmental Impact Assessment Licence in August 2012. This Licence was a pre-requisite for the application for a Large-Scale Mining Licence which was granted in November 2012.
Included in the submission to the Environmental Protection Agency was a Community Development Action Plan (“CDAP”) which incorporates annual budgets up to the time when Nimini produces revenues. Thereafter the CDAP will be funded from a percentage of revenues in accordance with applicable law.
CDAPs have been rolled out to each of the Nimikoro and Nimiyama Chiefdoms, within which the Mining Licence area lies. A committee has been established for each Chiefdom with broad representation. Each committee has been directly involved in the setting and approval of the programmes for 2013, which are outlined in the “Benefiting Communities” section.
Surface rental agreements, of similar duration to that of the Mining Licence, have been executed with each Chiefdom and payments made.