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.

Building an open and effective dialogue

The objective is to build a trustful relationship with all stakeholders. In order to understand the social environment where the project is being developed, a stakeholder mapping was carried out in 2013, identifying key stakeholders with whom to engage dialogue and build up long term relations. It will be updated each year. In addition, a stakeholder engagement plan, encompassing consultation and engagement activities to be carried out towards local communities and other stakeholders was prepared in 2013.

News: information day with authorities from Sukhbaatar

On April 9, 2014,in Ulaanbaatar City AREVA Mongol successfully organized Info Day for the authorities of Sukhbaatar province and its villages where AREVA Mongol’s subsidiary Cogegobi operates.

A dedicated organization

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: livestock reconstitution in Zuunbayan bag

AREVA Mongol and COGEGOBI have implemented livestock reconstitution program since 2007.

Local Cooperation Committees

In Ulaanbadrakh soum and Zuunbayan bag, a series of dialogue exchanges, called Local Cooperation Committees, were launched in 2013, in order to formalize dialogue.

The local Cooperation Committees gather key stakeholder representatives, and serve as a platform for information, dialogue and cooperation on key issues, such as AREVA Mongol and COGEGOBI’s contribution to local development. Participants in the Committee are selected by vote during local public meetings, in order to ensure their representativeness.

Subjects discussed in 2014 include for instance, sustainable development projects, and the results of the animal health assessment carried out in May-June 2014 on the herds belonging to 20 herding families living in the vicinity of exploration site.

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. Likewise, socio-economic and health baseline studies will be widely delivered locally in the future.

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 is about to be launched: educational sessions will alternate with a field visit. Herders living close to the future mining site will be specifically encouraged to take part in these.

Likewise, 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.