Mining business and WWF set a new level of talks
One of the main issues under discussion is ecologists’ and Kamchatka residents’ concern over environmental problems at Aginskiy ore-dressing and processing enterprise. Owing to the talks, it became clear that the above concern was to some extent caused by lack of information about the enterprise’s operation and ongoing reconstruction of the tailings dump at Aginskiy ore-dressing and processing enterprise.
WWF and “Interminerals” company have concluded that the first thing to be done is to ensure information exchange between ecologists, local people and the company, and after it has been done, one will be able to conclude about the scale of ecological problems.
WWF believes that talks have shown that the executives of the company “Interminerals management” are pursuing a course towards ecology-oriented and social responsibility and information transparency as well.
“We have come to an agreement about cooperation between the company and general public with respect to areas of mutual interest. In particular, we have come to an agreement about joint participation in environmental monitoring in this region and adoption of best mining techniques and methods, etc.,” says Aleksey Knizhnikov, Head of Russia’s WWF program for environmental policy adopted by oil and gas industry.
The parties have come to an agreement to hold open discussions with Russia’s leading mining companies and member-companies of Kamchatka Mining Association over a document called “Basic terms of voluntary standards for ecological and social responsibility to be adopted by mining companies”. The above document has been developed by the coalition of public organizations headed by WWF. The company “Interminerals management” supposes that for a time being the “Basic terms…” developed by the coalition can not be generally accepted by Russia’s mining industry.
“Interminerals management” company officials intend to develop a corporate standard for ecological and social responsibility of the Company including some of the key principles stated in “Basic terms of voluntary standards for ecological and social responsibility to be adopted by mining companies”.
Officials who participated in the talks: Evgeny Shvarts, Russia’s WWF Director for ecology policy, Aleksey Knizhnikov, Head of Russia’s WWF program for environmental policy adopted by oil and gas industry, Valery Pak, General manager of the company “Interminerals management” and Evgeny Shteinikov, Deputy manager of the company “Interminerals management”.