The Environmental and Social Management System (“ESMS”) was developed to give effect to our Environment Policy and is continually reviewed and updated. It provides the context and framework for the systematic management of environmental and social impacts associated with our operations in a manner that supports continual improvement in performance.
In accordance with Kenya’s environmental legislation and International Best Practice, a comprehensive Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (“ESIA”), addenda reports and Environmental and Social Management Plans (“ESMPs”) were prepared, approved by the National Environmental Management Authority (“NEMA”) and implemented.
For a synopsis of the ESIA documentation,read the Non-technical Environmental and Social Impact Summary Report.
Operating under Environmental Impact Assessment License EIA/001, Registration No. 0000048 issued by NEMA in 2005, the mine is fully compliant with Kenyan legislation. The validity of the license is maintained by way of Annual Environmental Audit Reports prepared by NEMA-licensed and registered environmental experts who undertake environmental, social and occupational health and safety (“OHS”) compliance assessments, appraise environmental and social monitoring and mitigation mechanisms and review environmental, social and OHS standards.
Quoting from the Annual Environmental Audit Report 2016 prepared by ERM East Africa Consulting Limited,
“Base’s operations at the Kwale Mine are commendable with all permits and licenses current. Base has consistently pursued environmental, OHS and community issues in line with the ESMPs and company policies. By so doing, Base carries out inspections, analyses and monitoring on a regular basis in order to ensure that all aspects of compliance of the Project are up to date.
The Consultant is satisfied with the Project’s environmental, OHS and social plans, monitoring plans and programmes and recommends that Base continues to implement these plans in order to comply with the national laws and regulations.
In fact, the consultant believes Bases’ environmental, social, and occupational health and safety performance, as demonstrated by both a review of site reports, monitoring data, and a site visit, is exemplary.”
Management Plans and Programmes
A series of management plans and programmes have been developed and implemented to guide the environmental management of the operations and they form an integral component of the ESMS. They are informed by comprehensive specialist and baseline studies and ongoing monitoring data and align the operations with legislation and international standards. Read more
Building on comprehensive baseline studies, a range of environmental parameters are routinely monitored to improve understanding of baseline environmental conditions and to continuously evaluate environmental impacts. Read more