During the development of the Solwara 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), we visited a number of villages and towns within PNG to ensure the views and concerns of local communities were heard. The specific villages and towns were determined in consultation with PNG national and provincial governments.
Our commitment to the community does not end with the completion of the EIS or granting of the Environment Permit. Community engagements have continued to take place since the Environment Permit was granted by the then Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) in December 2009. Representatives from the national and provincial governments accompany Nautilus Minerals during these community engagement campaigns.
To date, Nautilus Minerals has recorded the attendance of over ~20,000 people at engagements held in 46 locations within PNG, with both numbers still growing. We plan to continue with our community engagement campaigns in New Ireland and East New Britain Provinces as we move into the operations phase of the Project. We have and will continue to focus our engagement program on the villages located nearest to the Solwara 1 Project site, this area is known as the Coastal Area of Benefit (CAB). The CAB means the closest local-level government ward to the offshore mining lease together with the three adjacent wards in both directions along the coastline. This area covers the communities who have the greatest interest in understanding the project and this will be where many of our CSR programs will be implemented.
To view the locations of these engagements please click on the map below.
Some of the key goals of our public consultation are as follows: