Despite the low population in the immediate area of Bisha, we are committed to building relations with the five nearby stakeholder villages located within 30 kilometers of the Mine. This includes ongoing consultation with communities on the various aspects of our operations.
BMSC has embarked on a number of programs with the community and the local, regional and central government to ensure that the benefits of Bisha are widespread. We adopted the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Social and Environmental Performance Standards and developed our management plans accordingly. The plans have been subject to review by Eritrean authorities and by international bankers as part of their due diligence when considering funding for development of the Bisha Mine. We have since implemented the social and environmental plans and have subsequently had them audited by an independent third-party. BMSC benchmarks its management systems against the 2012 IFS Performance Standards for social and environmental sustainability. Staff training and engagement with local authorities, as well as significant employment from both local and other in-country sources, are key elements of our social and environmental management. Our department heads for both Human Resources and Environment are experienced professionals with a solid understanding of local requirements as well as IFC Performance Standards.
Despite the low population in the immediate area of Bisha , we are committed to building relations with the five nearby villages located within 30 kilometers of the Mine. Since the beginning of 2004, the goal has been to ensure adequate information is provided to affected people in a timely manner, particularly among local communities near the Bisha Mine.
Monies allocated towards local community investment has centered on water and irrigation projects.