FutureStates

Environmental, Health and Safety Planning, Pollution Management and Monitoring

Environmental, Health and Safety Planning, Pollution Management and Monitoring

Technical assistance provided to governments: Azerbaijan (Ministry of Energy) Bosnia & Herzegovina (federal, state and canton) Botswana (Department of Water Affairs) Czech Republic (Ministry of Agriculture) Egypt (Ministries of Environment, Tourism, Housing, Water Resources, Energy, and Agriculture) FYR Macedonia (Ministries of Construction and Urban Planning and Environment) India (Ministry of Environment and Forests) Russian Federation (Standards Agency) Saudi Arabia (Ministry of Environment) Trinidad & Tobago (Ministry of Environment) Turkmenistan (Ministry of Nature Protection) and the UK.

Assignments included organisation & functional strengthening, training through use of needs analysis in techniques of environmental pollution management, monitoring and planning, monitoring protocols, sampling, and analytical methods, training requirements, and equipment specification and procurement.

Environmental management plans have been developed/reviewed for transboundary issues (Argentina, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Russian Federation, Turkmenistan, Uruguay), quarries (Argentina), refineries/chemical manufacturing/processing (Bahrain, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE), liability and compensation (Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, Finland, Kuwait, Nigeria, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, and Uruguay) marina (Dominica), terminal (Nigeria) tourism (Egypt), waste facilities (FYR Macedonia), coastal development (India, Montenegro, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkmenistan), construction (Brazil, Japan, Uruguay), oil facilities and spill plans (Azerbaijan, Kuwait, Nigeria, Russian Federation), airport development (Montserrat), and water resource development (Botswana).

Projects undertaken by FutureStates in this category

LocationAgency/SectorAssignmentProject Description
UgandaEU (EuroPlus)ExpertDiagnostic Studies were undertaken to support the Mid-Term-Review of Uganda's 2nd National Development Plan (NDP-2) and evaluation of NDP-1. Specific studies were Environment, Natural Resources, Climate Change, and the Green Economy. Studies identified for each of the four thematic areas (a) current situation, (b) progress made against the NDP targets and (c) public and private financing against NDP projections.
GuineaOil and Gas (Confidential)ExpertDrafting of a Project Brief for discussions with Government prior to undertaking an ESIA for preliminary offshore work.
PalestineEC, EIB (Acciona)Institutional Assessment and TrainingInstitutional Assessment and Training: Preparation and delivery of a training course on environmental law to Palestinian institutions applying to desalination plants (construction and operations) ~ Local laws, Israeli and MENA regulations, EU regulations, Equator principles, World Bank Safeguards and IFC performance standards.
Dominican RepublicACP-EU (Safege)Climate Change Preparation of INDCs: Technical assistance and capacity building to prepare INDCs in countries throughout Caribbean. Tasks included: Review of existing methodologies and approaches; Preparation and delivery of a curriculum and training plan; and Preparation of training materials and delivery of regional capacity-building.
Sierra LeoneMCC (IMC)Monitoring & Evaluation Expert, Team LeaderMonitoring & Evaluation: Provision of M & E for the Natural Resource Management, Environment and Social Impact Assessment and Resettlement Due Diligence Services for Development of Power, Water and Sanitation Service Improvements in Sierra Leone. The work covers the initial due diligence of the MCC compact development process.
UgandaBTC (NTU)Monitoring & Evaluation ExpertEnd of Project Review of CDM projects and programmes.
MauritaniaCOMASUD (Sopex)Strategic Environmental and Social AssessmentA Front End Engineering Design for the construction of an integrated sugar complex is being undertaken and requires an ESIA. The main goal of the industrial project is to produce about 145,000 tonnes of white sugar per year from sugar cane, produced locally, to supply the local market. To optimise revenues, a second goal is to transform the by-products of sugar cane, such as molasses, bagasse and so on into value-added products such as ethanol, electricity, fertilisers, cattle feed and so on.
MozambiqueWorld Bank (Cardno US)Strategic Environmental and Social AssessmentStrategic Environmental and Social Assessment: to provide a strategic framework for strengthening environmental and social sustainability of the mineral, coal, gas, LNG, artisanal and small-scale mining sectors, and for strengthening the addressing of health and safety in these sectors.
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, UkraineEU (Tractebel)Regional EvaluationGlobal assessment of the EU support provided at regional level in the fields of environmental governance and green economy, water management, and climate change in the Eastern Partnership countries , 2007-2013 and make recommendations for further EU support for the forthcoming programming period (2014-2020).
Saudi ArabiaAirport AuthorityEnvironmental ManagementProvision of preliminary advice on the requirements for an internationally-compliant environmental plan for King Abdulaziz International Airport which serves the city of Jeddah. Facilities include high-speed rail service, new and expanded Haij terminal, solar generation, desalination and new city infrastructure.
NigeriaOil & Gas (Environ)Due DiligenceIdentify potential liabilities in oil and gas concessions related to potential environmental or social issues that could have a material impact on the value of the assets assessed; the number and magnitude of oil spills and the remedial work and measures that has been carried out and measures taken to prevent oil spills in the future; current environmental non-compliance with local laws and regulations and actions being taken; facility requirements and cost estimates required to meet current and reasonably foreseeable; environmental regulations; past and current environmental liabilities and penalties including any on-site and off-site contaminated land liabilities; and site remediation, closure and monitoring; past and current gas flaring volumes and penalties and measures taken to reduce gas flaring in the future; past and current security issues and disruptions (bunkering) and measures in place to improve security and reduce oil losses; threatened or actual third party or regulatory action or claims; past and current relationships with the local communities.
RwandaBTC (Sopex)Mid-Term ReviewMid-Term Review of the Support Programme to the Development of the Forestry Sector in Rwanda to evaluate the project schedule and objectives, appropriateness and feasibility, and potential mid-term corrections. To review the sustainability action plan proposed by the project and, if implemented, the level of expectation concerning the sustainability of the investments. Recommendations concerning whether or not the donor should continue supporting the forestry sector in Rwanda, how should this support be designed and implemented. All this within a traditional focus on relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability.
Sierra LeoneMacAlister Elliott & PartnersEIA ~ Minerals TerminalAn EIA is being undertaken of a new tank farm to support terminal development for offloading of fuel for mining operations in hinterland.
NigeriaCARES LimitedRisk AssessmentA risk assessment carried out to confirm that an oil products jetty could be operated safely given other port activities at this location.
Sierra LeoneEC (AGEG)Ex-post EvaluationEx-post Evaluation: Evaluation of project: "Technical Assistance and Capacity Building for the Sierra Leone Environmental Protection Agency". Evaluation of all aspects relative to design, implementation and results. Includes evaluation with respect to overall support provided by the EU to the sector and within context of legal and institutional arrangements, assessing the coherence of the EU support and its relevance to the national priorities as expressed in the mandate of the EPA SL and the PRSP II.
JamaicaEC (Transtec)EIA ~ wastewaterAssessment of the existing practices at distilleries and sugar factories in Jamaica for the disposal of wastewater and proposed strategies to effectively manage wastewater from the sugar industries within the context of the hierarchy of waste management, environmental sustainability and operational cost-effectiveness.
Belize, GlobalEC (MWH)Climate ChangeKey Expert advising the Global Climate Change Alliance which provides a platform for dialogue and exchange among the EU and target countries and provides support in five priority areas: Adaptation to climate change; Reducing emissions from deforestation; Enhancing participation in the Clean Development Mechanism ; Promoting Disaster Risk Reduction; and, Integrating climate change into poverty reduction efforts. Specified and organised identification and formulation missions to Benin, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Samoa, Laos and Bhutan and facilitated regional climate change conference for Caribbean.
CaribbeanDFIDClimate ChangeRapid Climate Change screening of the DFID Caribbean portfolio of programmes/projects and assessment of priorities for interventions.
NigeriaOil & GasTraining ~ Hazard and Incident InvestigationDevelopment of training materials for the in-house continual professional development of oil and gas operational staff in hazard and incident investigation.
NigeriaDFIDState Peer ReviewElaboration of environmental indicators to assist in the development of the peer review mechanism as part of the State Evaluation and Assessment Tool being undertaken within the State Partnership for Accountability, Responsiveness and Capability programme, on behalf of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and the Federal Government.
UgandaECClimate ChangeUpdate the Country Environment Profile and identify ways and means to strengthen EC support to address climate change in Uganda.
NigeriaChemicalsHSE AuditHSE audit of chemical manufacturing facility.
NigeriaPortsHSSE specification ~ portsSpecification and implementation of Health, Safety, Security and Environment in a port and dredging context to comply with ISO 14001, 18001 and 28000.
KuwaitOil & GasImplementation ~ ISO 14001Peer review of ISO 14001 implementation including assessment of environmental aspects, site visits (pipelines, tank farms, contractor sites) and risk methodology.
NigeriaPortsTraining ~ EIA, EMS and security managementContributions to a five-day course in Nigeria on EIA, EMS and security management were prepared and delivered to delegates from all the major ports of Nigeria and to key dredging operators, specifically focussing on the Delta ports and best practice.
LiberiaMiningEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ dredging and coastal protectionAssignment called for a scoping study to be developed to identify environmental and social impacts associated with the de-silting of the channel into Port Buchanan, Liberia for the purposes of iron ore export. Discussions with government ministries, and stakeholders from the adjacent fishing communities were undertaken and various potential issues identified and mitigations proposed, including potential beach nourishment.
Bosnia and HerzegovinaECIntegrated Pollution Prevention ControlDevelopment of Terms of Reference to implement the EC Directive on IPPC in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
KuwaitGovernmentKeynote AddressKeynote speaker at regional conference in Kuwait on ISO 14001 and climate change sponsored by the Kuwait government.
KuwaitOil & GasWeb-based HSE-MSProvision of advice to Kuwait oil company on the hardware and software needed to establish a functional web and PC-based system to manage health, safety and environmental issues captured within a formal HSE-MS across all the operating companies. Two systems were identified, compared and contrasted and recommendations made.
NicaraguaUSAIDDevelopment/Delivery of EIA trainingA three-day, EIA course was developed and delivered in Nicaragua, with local NGO, for government agencies, fully supported with a delegate's manual and used local case study examples, focussing on the oil and gas sector specifically the potential impacts of seismic acquisition and exploration drilling.
Qatar, SyriaManufacturingDue diligence ~ asbestosDue diligence of asbestos in products in Qatar and Syria was undertaken - potential liability issue identified, concerning the supply of products to customers worldwide that contained asbestos. Assignment required identification of relevant in-country regulations, principal controls and restrictions on use/sale of asbestos and asbestos-containing products, implications for previously-sold products and disclosure obligations under jurisdiction.
LibyaNGO, Internat. Energy FoundationCapacity-building ~ HSE - MSImplementation of a Health, Safety and Environment management system within the oil and gas sector in Libya, based on the industry model. Topics included; Leadership & Commitment, Policy & Strategic Objectives, Organisation, Resources & Documentation, Evaluation & Risk Management, Planning, Implementation & Monitoring, and Review & Audit.
Bosnia and HerzegovinaEC PHAREInstitutional Strengthening ~ sustainable management Transfer environmental and sustainable management competence to local partners (ministries, universities, companies and individuals) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Activities: cost-benefit of environment policies, options of environmental policy instruments, a single economic/legal resource centre, drafting of legal documents, clarification of the roles and responsibilities at State/Entity/Cantonal/Municipal level and the application of PCM; included reviews of relevant activities on MEAs.
Russian FederationEBRDDevelopment of an environmental action plan and identification of improvements in environmental and safety management practicesDevelopment of an environmental action plan and identification of improvements in environmental and safety management practices in; oil spill response management, occupational health and safety, and environmental management systems in Russian Federation. Consisted of three-phase programme of preparation, development and implementation with subsequent follow-up over a period of approximately two years. Another specific task was to identify and develop communications linkages within company, its organisational HSE management system and the communities.
SerbiaUNTraining ~ EU lawA series of seminars was developed for the European Council for Peace and Development of the UN University of Peace in Belgrade, Serbia: An Introduction to EU Legislation the Parliamentary Process etc; Air Quality; Environmental Impact Assessment; Strategic Environmental Assessment; Integrated Pollution Prevention Control; Water Quality; Producer Responsibility; Waste Electrical and Electronic Goods; End-of-Life Vehicles; and Sustainability. The training was delivered within the context of re-working existing assets in northern Serbia to accommodate tourism opportunities.
KuwaitOil & GasTraining ~ HSEDevelopment and delivery of an HSE training package within a Kuwait oil company to 880 managers, senior engineers and supervisors incorporating course notes, practical sessions, video, and individual CDs. The 2-day course incorporated: Leadership and Commitment, Integrating Health, Safety and Environmental Management Systems, Administrative Aspects, Contractor, Measurement, Self Assessment and Audits. The course was based on the existing HSE system of the company and was used to facilitate the implementation of the company HSE system
FYR MacedoniaUNDPCapacity-building ~ environmental protectionWorked with Ministry of Urban Planning, Construction and Environment (MUPCE) in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to identify training needs in environmental management (including EIA and SEA), policy design, environmental finance and environmental and natural resource valuation. Assistance provided to other ministries - elaboration of cross-sectoral strategies for the environment. Advice provided on monitoring and licensing functions in industry, water management and energy sectors, development of Local Environmental Action Plans, and the First Communication for UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
EgyptWorld Bank, (GEF)CZM ~ GEF Red Sea Coastal and Marine Resource Management ProjectWorking with government agencies including the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency and the Tourism Development Authority, activities included: development of a database utilising GIS and remote sensing techniques; baseline studies on existing pollution and nature-based tourism, a regulatory needs assessment, identification of institutional strengthening needs, building capacity in EIA, establishment of an Environmental Monitoring and Enforcement Coordination Unit, a Reef Recreation Management Unit, and development of a Marine Protected Areas Programme.
Philippines, SingaporeCertificationTraining ~ ISO 14001A series of 2-day workshops were run to train businesses in Singapore and Philippines on environmental management and the international standard for environmental management systems, ISO 14001. These workshops fully supported with a delegate's manual and copy of the Standard.
AzerbaijanOil & GasEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ offshore productionUndertaken for AIOC the existing oil-producing fields off Baku, Azerbaijan. Responsibilities included development of counterpart training programme in EIA management (with regard to desk study), and undertaking a Literature Review to specify the sampling programme (involved management of ten national expert technical teams).
United States of AmericaPower GenerationAir Quality SurveyTelephone and questionnaire survey to obtain US utility industry experience on the use of GRP pipe in FGD systems ~ problem of pipe joint failures at elevated pressure tests was identified.
Russian FederationOil & GasTraining ~ laboratory proceduresDiscussions were held with regulatory officials in the Russian Federation concerning the evaluation of a potential laboratory for in-country analysis of soil and water samples. A detailed tour of the facilities was made, during which the equipment was inventoried and procedures discussed with senior laboratory personnel. A preliminary list was made concerning requirements for high-grade analytical chemicals and spare parts for some of the equipment. Training needs were identified and a proposed programme of US-based training, followed by in-country technical support and transfer, was discussed and developed.
JordanWorld BankEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ damFeasibility studies for water storage and agricultural development scheme in Jordan - an earth fill embankment dam to form a storage reservoir in a side tributary of the River Jordan. To maximise project benefits, the dam was designed to impound a gross storage volume of 55 MCM which would inundate approximately 45 ha of existing, irrigated land. Study augmented previous preliminary work by addressing effect of the reservoir on the drainage of the irrigated land around the reservoir perimeter and water quality of the storage reservoir. Various sources of water to the reservoir had different chemistries from freshwater to brackish water to boron-rich waters. A flow model computed final water quality assuming certain flow rates for different parts of the year for different sources - used to identify which crops would be sensitive to the water from the reservoir and how best to organise the agricultural development downstream of the reservoir to maximise benefits of the stored water.
Puerto Rico, VenezuelaUK GovernmentWaste Management ~ nuclearGeochemical studies around Puerto Rico and Venezuela related to deep-sea disposal of radioactive waste as a collaborative effort involving the Universities of Leeds and Southampton, the Institute of Oceanographic Sciences (Deacon Laboratory) and the Oceanographic Institute, Caracas. Sampling undertaken and original methods developed to measure dissolved manganese and the rare earth elements in seawater, sediments and fish teeth using AAS (graphite furnace) and MS respectively. Data indicated the relationship between water values, sediment concentrations and selective replacement of fish bone mineralogy and provided insights into stability of the ocean floor.
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