Salim Vohra
Economic Development Strategy SA

consultancy: economic, policy making

Economic Development Strategy SA

London Development Agency, 2010

This writing project, for which I was lead writer, involved developing a state-of-art, flexible and holistic approach to HIA in the mining and metals sector that fits both the developed and developing country contexts of mining and metals projects whilst taking account of current HIA best practice. It used the guide developed for the oil and gas industry by IPIECA as starting point.

It takes a strongly social determinants of health approach and is innovative in developing:
  • the use of ‘first look’ in-house rapid HIAs during the early stages of new projects and changes to existing projects as a way of embedding HIA practice within mining and metals companies;
  • follow up of these rapid ‘first look’ HIAs with more in-depth commissioned specialist HIAs either as standalone HIAs or as part of ESHIAs (Environmental, Social and Health Impact Assessment);
  • the development of a hierarchy of enhancement alongside the established hierarchy of mitigation; and
  • a clear comptency framework for commissioning HIA consultants and developing in-house HIA expertise.