News and Updates


GIZ study on corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Lao PDR

The CSR study was commissioned by Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to inform their ‘Human Resource Development for Market Economy Programme (HRDME)’ and specifically, work being conducted with the Lao Government on mandatory and voluntary social and environmental standards in a range of sectors. The study is also intended to inform the ‘Support for Sustainable Development of the Mining Sector Programme’ being conducted by Germany’s Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM).

The study involved a comprehensive review of existing mandatory and voluntary social and environmental standards across the target sectors and their implementation as well as interviews with relevant government stakeholders and key industry informants.

A copy of the study can be downloaded here.



Myanmar-Lao PDR Dialogue about Natural Resource Wealth, Vientiane, August 2014

Myanmar_Laos DialogueIn early August 2014 Earth Systems presented at the Myanmar-Lao PDR Dialogue on Natural Resource Wealth, in Vientiane. The workshop, attended by officials, academics and civil society representatives from Myanmar and Lao PDR was designed to share experiences in how to make best use of their countries’ rich mineral and extractive resources.

Earth Systems was represented at the workshop by Tom Callander, Principal Environmental and Social Consultant and Bounta Nuanvixay, Senior Environmental and Social Consultant. Tom gave a presentation on ‘Improving Effectiveness and Transparency in Mining Sector Revenues in Lao PDR’ drawing from findings of an Initial EITI Scoping Study for Lao PDR, conducted by Earth Systems.



Technical Assistance for Environmental Monitoring during the Early Works (Roads) Phase of the Nam Ngiep Hydropower Project

Nam Ngiep 1 Power Company Limited (NN1PC) has received a concession agreement (CA) from the Government of the Lao PDR to build and operate the “Nam Ngiep 1 Hydropower Project” in Central Lao PDR.

Earth Systems was contracted by NN1PC to support the development and implementation of the E&S road monitoring program. This includes: document review and advice concerning legal and other obligations; development of an E&S monitoring program and management system; technical support during the implementation of the E&S monitoring program (i.e. site inspections, water quality monitoring; air quality monitoring); preparation of monitoring reports; and provision of formal and on-the-job training to EMO staff.




Biosecurity in the Black

Biosecurity in the Black: “New pyrolysis technology is an innovative tool in the battle against diseases, explains environmental scientist Peter Hughes.”

This article first appeared in the Autumn 2014 issue of Chartered Forester, the magazine for members of the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), and is reproduced by kind permission of the ICF (



Clear Solutions

A new issue of Clear Solutions is now available for download. Clear Solutions is a newsletter covering some of the latest trends, opportunities and leading practices in water quality management and treatment.

In this issue:

  • Clear Solutions for Underground Mines
    Underground mines present a range of challenges with respect to acid and metalliferous drainage (AMD) and water quality management. Fortunately there are some effective solutions applicable at all stages of mine development — planning, operations and closure — that can dramatically reduce the risks and costs associated with these issues.
  • Planning: Plan ahead to avoid AMD
    Pre-mining planning decisions for underground mines can dramatically lower water quality impacts and AMD management and closure costs.
  • Operations: Managing operational water quality and odour issues
    Managing underground water quality and related gas emissions has become critical to the safe and compliant operation of underground mines.
  • Closure: Inert atmosphere technology for post-closure AMD management
    For free-draining underground mines, both historic and recently decommissioned, there is finally an alternative to water treatment in perpetuity or risky pressure bulkheads for managing AMD.



Earth Systems is an Accredited ESIA Consultancy Firm in Liberia

In 2014, Earth Systems became an accredited ESIA consultancy firm in Liberia. We are assisting international clients with projects on the ground through the Liberian project permitting process including scoping, preparing Terms of Reference and Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs), stakeholder engagement and consultation. Through its partnerships with Liberian consultancies and established relationships with government and non-governmental organisations, Earth Systems has developed a large network of local, regional and international experts and a comprehensive understanding of the local context.




Leading Practice

A new issue of Leading Practice is now available for download. Leading Practice is a newsletter produced by Earth Systems that explore latest trends, opportunities and leading practices in environmental management, compliance and assessment. This issue includes information on:

  • Planning for Mine Closure – Designing for closure to minimise environmental risk
  • Geochemical Engineering – De-risking mine waste management
  • Advanced Compliance Monitoring – New technologies help reduce monitoring costs
  • Safe Onsite Destruction of Hazardous Waste – New pyrolysis technology offers an innovative solution



Earth Systems Teams Up with the Victorian Government and IITK to Combat Tannery Waste Issues in the Ganges River Basin, India.

Earth Systems has teamed up with the Victorian Government and the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK), to deliver a roadmap for action by government, business and the community for the benefit of the environment and the Jajmau Leather Industry in Uttar Pradesh, India. The project is supported and funded by AusAID. The roadmap will provide a realistic and measured approach to address social and environmental impacts and will offer both technical and regulatory solutions.

The Ganga Basin is the most heavily populated river basin in the world, with millions of people dependant on the river for their daily needs. In the world famous leather manufacturing enclave of Jajmau, every day over 400 tanneries generate wastewater containing high levels of chromium, sulphide, organic matter and salt. Presently the waste management system cannot deal with the quantity and quality of the waste that is generated. Most of the wastewater ends up making its way untreated to the Ganges River due to failing infrastructure and the lack of capacity to treat the effluent.

Earth Systems, the Victorian Government and IITK are working together to find a balance between technical solutions, regulatory interventions, industry support programs and education of the tannery community. Our Vision is that the Leather Industry in Jajmau is able to sustain growth whilst not compromising the health of the river and the community.

Implementation of the plan will:

  • Ensure a sustainable and prosperous tannery industry
  • Protect employment for the local community
  • Improve health and safety
  • Reduce pollution, and
  • Establish a predictable, transparent and proportionate regulatory model




Earth Systems at the SIM Senegal Mining Conference

Earth Systems successfully exhibited and presented at the SIM Senegal Mining Conference earlier this month. Now in its second year, the conference ran from 6 – 8 November 2012 in Dakar, Senegal. Staff from our Australian, Senegal and UK offices attended the event, which attracted 75 exhibitors, 65 speakers and over 500 delegates originating from 22 countries.

Earth Systems has been working in West Africa for 10 years and currently have a number of on-going projects in Senegal and Guinea. Our regional Dakar office gives us advantages in project delivery in Senegal and the wider West African region, particularly having developed extensive regional experience in Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and Water Management. Our local knowledge and skills are supported by our international expertise to deliver a broad depth of expertise. As a result, interest in our services and experience was high amongst SIM delegates and we are looking forward to assisting our current and future clients in successfully delivering their projects across the region.



Lake Tai Water Pollution Treatment Project, China

The Final International Dissemination Seminar for the Lake Tai Water Pollution Treatment Project was held in Suzhou on March 20, 2012. The workshop brought together over 170 policy decision-makers and specialists from across China to discuss the results of the three year collaboration under the Australia China Environment Development Partnership. A number of specialists from the AUS Lake Tai Cluster, attended including representatives from Earth Systems, Hunter Water Corporation, eWater and Department of Primary Industries (VIC). Before the event, a memorandum of understanding was signed by the National Reform and Development Commission’s International Cooperation Centre, Suzhou Development and Reform Commission and the AUS Lake Tai Cluster to establish the China-Australia Water Resource and Environment Cooperation and Research Centre, and continue this partnership over the next 5 years.

Lake Tai is the third largest lake in China but is the most important in terms of population density and contribution of the basin to national GDP. Water quality and algal blooms in Lake Tai has been recognised as a serious national issue for the P.R. China, particularly following the severe Cyanobacterial algae outbreak in 2007. The State Council has approved a comprehensive restoration program for the Basin.

In 2009 the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) provided funding for the Lake Tai Water Pollution Treatment Project under the Australia China Environment Development Partnership Initiative (ACEDP). The objective of the Project is to strengthen management and policy approaches in the Lake Tai basin by increasing awareness of Integrated River Basin Management (IRBM) and science-based management/planning approaches.

More information about the project can be found at:


Earth Systems is a Registered Environmental Expert for the Government of Zanzibar

Earth Systems is now a registered Environmental Expert for the Government of Zanzibar. We are now providing environmental and social consultancy services in Zanzibar.


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