Community Engagement

Our original stakeholder mapping and group identification, which included the development of a Stakeholder Engagement Plan, was determined during the Bisha project’s environmental and social impact assessment process. Stakeholders are identified by their potential impact (direct or indirect) by the project and their relationship to the overall project area. More specifically, this means all people who live, use or have cultural ties to lands and resources within the footprint or zone of influence of the Bisha Mine (between 4 to 34 km). This includes our main stakeholder community populations in Mogoraib, Adi Ibrihim, Jimel, Adarat, and Tekeret, as well as authorizing government and regulatory bodies in Eritrea that have jurisdiction over resources potentially affected by the Bisha Mine. We engage regularly with these local communities because their concerns and feedback are important to us.

The BMSC Social Responsibility Policy includes a commitment to actively consult with local communities to identify and resolve environmental and social issues. Seven Community Liaison Officers (CLOs) are situated in nearby villages to provide local residents with general information and operations updates regarding the Bisha Mine, to discuss issues or discuss any complaints and to facilitate job applications. BMSC engages on a regular basis with the Sub Zoba Dighe Administration (including the Ministry offices for Agriculture and Health), Gash Barka Regional Administration Office; and National Government stakeholders, including those Ministry offices that have permitting, approval, and monitoring function of the Bisha Mine, also are represented by the Impact Review Committee (IRC). In addition, the Company plays an active role in local and national events, such as the Eritrean Independence Day celebrations, Annual Women’s Day, and the 2016 Eritrean Expo.

2016 Engagement Activities

Our community relations department maintains a record of stakeholder engagement activities, including the Company response to their concerns. The revitalization of the Information Update Committee (IUC) meetings in 2014 has improved stakeholder engagement with the Bisha Mine. IUC meetings have further encouraged stakeholder community representatives to share their ideas and concerns with the Company’s senior management.

Sub Zoba Dighe and Sub Zoba Gogne Administration Year round Formal meetings, informal communication, through the Community Liaison Officer (CLO), visitation to project site, local events, through steering committee (CAP Monitoring Committee comprising of Sub Zoba Administrator, Sub Zoba Economic Affair Head, BMSC PER Manager, BMSC Community Relation Supervisor).
Stakeholder village residents Year round Through the CLO there are door front information centers in each of the stakeholder communities, formal and informal meetings through IUC members and local events
Agriculture land and water division in Gash Barka regional administration office 13 times CAP projects technical cooperation, site visit, meetings, project monitoring
Government of Eritrea Impact Review Committee (IRC) 4 times Quarterly reporting and site visits. Additional phone calls and emails to discuss points as required.
Ministry of Agriculture Sub Zoba Dighe office Year round Formal meetings, informal communication, technical support, steering committee, CLO
Ministry of Health Sub Zoba Dighe office 14 times Cooperation request regarding anti-venom supply for snake bitten community members, update meeting