Dialog & co-operation

To be accepted, a mining project has to be understood by all stakeholders, and particularly by the communities living in the vicinity of the future mining site. In line with its commitment, AREVA implements transparent engagement and dialogue with its stakeholders, more particularly with herder communities.

NEWS: Health and Safety Council of Ulaanbadrakh soum at Dulaan Uul Camp

The Health and Safety Council of Ulaanbadrakh soum, Dornogobi aimag started its HSE campaign for 2016 preparing for the World HSE Day organizing the joint event with COGEGOBI HSE team at Dulaan Uul camp on April 21st, 2016

A dedicated organization

AREVA Mongol has put in place a dedicated organization to ensure that issues related to sustainable development are efficiently managed. In that perspective, a community relations team, comprising three professionals was recruited. Under the supervision of the Sustainable development Manager they are in charge of maintaining a daily contact with local communities and answer all questions related to the mining project. They are also responsible to cascade to AREVA Mongol’s management the community's queries, needs, and requests for support. They take into account the specificities of life in the countryside, and regularly visit the herders. They operate on two major territories of activity in Mongolia: the aimags of Dornogobi and Sukhbaatar.

NEWS: FXB Village Program

With support from the AREVA Corporate Foundation and from AREVA staff in Mongolia, the François-Xavier Bagnoud association is deploying its three-year program to lead 100 Mongolian families out of extreme poverty sustainably and enable them to achieve social and economic independence. Since the official launch of the project on February 17, 2016, numerous participants have already enjoyed the benefits of the program. Some tangible results have already been achieved.

Open dialogue with local communities

More than 50 herding families have a seasonal settlement on COGEGOBI exploration licenses in Dornogobi aimag. The objective of the company is to maintain regular contacts in order to listen to their potential concerns and provide them with information on activities. Regular visits to these families are organized by the Community relations staff. These informal discussions are an opportunity to hear potential concerns and requests from direct neighbors.

Local Cooperation Committees

Two Local Cooperation Committees, composed of representatives of local authorities, local herders and soum institutions (school, hospital etc.) were launched in 2013 in Ulaanbadrakh soum and Zuunbayan bag of Sainshand soum. They aim at holding regular and organized dialogue with community representatives on a quarterly basis.  During these meetings, AREVA Mongol introduces its activities and people have the opportunity to ask questions and express their opinion on various areas of cooperation.

The topics discussed in 2016 include, for example, the presentation of the results of the counting of the water points, the results of the Participatory environmental monitoring programs of 2015, the discussion and granting process of AREVA scholarships, the implementation and progress of the three-year cooperation agreement executed with the Zuunbayan cultural center and the meeting for the discussion of the final report of the Veterinary Project as well as the several open discussions about AREVA Mongol’s support to the local development.

In 2016, in Mongolia 3 meetings of  Local Cooperation Committees were organized by AREVA's teams in Dornogobi province in the presence of the local authorities, representatives of civil society, and herder families.

NEWS: Meetings of  Local Cooperation Committees

In 2016, in Mongolia 3 meetings of  Local Cooperation Committees were organized by AREVA's teams in Dornogobi province in the presence of the local authorities, representatives of civil society, and herder families.

Technical trainings for local representatives

In order to foster productive discussions on technical issues, trainings for local representatives are sponsored by AREVA Mongol.

  • A groundwater management training seminar was held by a third party organization in Sainshand, Ulaanbadrakh and Zuunbayan for all stakeholders interested with more than 100 people attending overall.
  • A workshop presenting the environmental monitoring results of the 2010-2011 Dulaan Uul ISR test was held for Ulaanbadrakh soum representatives.
  • A delegation of 10 herders and local citizen representatives from Ulaanbadrakh sum and Zuunbayan bag visited the AREVA operated uranium ISR mine of KATCO in September 2014 in order to directly witness how it operates.

Local Development projects funding process

The AREVA Mines Societal Committee is  follows up and advises AREVA Mines subsidiaries on sustainable development projects and strategy. During quarterly meetings, committee members from Mongolia and France are asked to vote about the local development projects to be funded by AREVA Mongol as well as to provide recommendations and return on experience of other subsidiaries of the AREVA group.

Giving visibility of works on site

AREVA Mongol and COGEGOBI are committed to present some of key studies related to the mining project. This is the case for the environmental baseline studies. 

Communities have expressed their will to be given more information about both daily activities taking place on site as well as short and medium term plans related to the project. As a result, an “induction training” about all activities on site are regularly organized starting from December 2014 : educational sessions alternate with a field visit. Herders living close to the future mining site are specifically encouraged to take part in these.

news: Participatory  Environmental Monitoring

A  group of local herders has been selected to take part in the environmental monitoring of AREVA’s activity. More information on the participatory environmental monitoring is available here.

news: A Mongolian herders’ delegation visits KATCO

From September 9 to 15, KATCO welcomed a Mongolian delegation of eight herders living in the vicinity of our exploration sites, the chairman of a popular assembly and a representative of the Nuclear Energy Authority.