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SOFRECO is a highly international company in terms of its clients, its partners, the nationalities of its experts, its headquarters staff and its presence in numerous countries.
We have three types of clients: governments, administrations and public bodies; public and private companies; multilateral and bilateral development funding agencies.
SOFRECO employs several hundred senior and junior experts of various nationalities, the vast majority of whom are technical specialists
Chad, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Cameroon
Development of the common mining policy in the CEMAC zone (2020-2021)
Within an overall objective of developing a Strategic Framework dedicated to the emergence of a sustainable industrialisation, in service of the development of the Central African sub-region's integration, the project's specific objectives are: (i) the development of a Common Mining Policy for the CEMAC zone, (ii) development of a Strategic Plan for implementing this policy, and (iii) the identification of an appropriate Institutional Framewprk for implementing the strategic plan.
Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda
Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and Resettlement Action Plan of the Ruzizi III HEPP Project (2020)
SOFRECO is conducting an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) for a newly identified project site for the Ruzizi III 147 MW hydropower project, the third hydroelectric development on the Ruzizi River involving Rwanda, DR Congo and Burundi. The team of experts will assess and predict potential adverse social and environmental impacts of the project, and develop suitable mitigation measures in consultation with stakeholders, in particular with Persons Affected by the Project (PAPs).
Formalisation of artisanal miners into cooperatives and small-scale miners into larger mineral and financial enterprises together with the design and implementation of an ASM remote-sensing monitoring system in the mining and steel sector (2019-2022)
With the Mineral Sector Support for Economic Diversification Project (MinDiver), the Nigerian government is willing to diversify its revenue sources and to increase its income from the mining sector, in particular from the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sub-sector which prevails in the country.
This contract consists in the setting up of an IT unit with a GIS, database and remote-sensing applications to promote data acquisition by Ministry staff, the identification of areas of high mining interest by applying a remote-sensing monitoring system and field data acquisition, their analysis and interpretation, and, finally, the elaboration of a strategy for ASM formalisation by building the capacity of the administration and operators.
Technical assistance for the regulatory review, monitoring of inspections, and integration of systems to monitor the compliance and performance of mining operators in Togo (2019-2021)
When licences are granted to mining companies, monitoring and regular controls must be carried out on-site to reduce the adverse effects of mining activities that are behind numerous environmental, social and economic impacts. The structural capacity constraints of the Togolese mining administration, and often the lack of resources, continue to hinder the regular control and more efficient supervision of mining operations. The lack of regular control most often results in mining activities’ non-compliance with the regulations, which in turn do not always take account of the reality on the ground. This has multiple social and environmental implications and leads to a loss of income for the State in terms of fees and other taxes.
To tackle this problem, regular visits need to be made to the different mines and quarries.
The objective of this technical assistance is therefore to support the DGMG carrying out mining control operations and environmental inspections on a quarterly basis.
Competitiveness and Growth Support Project (PRACC); Revision of the mining code, tax system and related implementing decree (2019-2020)
Study to reform the mining code to modernise it and bring it into compliance with good international practices, and to prepare implementing provisions for the mining taxation system to improve the economic benefits for the population and reduce the environmental impacts.
Design, implementation and promotion of agroforestry systems in the province of Cabo Delgado (2018-2022)
This assignment aims to develop agro-forestry systems (AFS) for farmers. The idea is to support them in developing agronomic solutions linked with forestry production to make their crop cultivation more sustainable. The target is to reach 1500 ha to be planted by 1500 growers with different tree species (fruit trees, trees for charcoal production, etc.) to improve the sustainability of their cropping strategy. A voucher system will be put in place to help the farmers to finance the seedlings, prepare the soil, etc.
Development of Tunisia’s Vision and Strategy for the Water Sector through 2050 - Recruitment of technical assistance for the project (2018-2021)
SOFRECO is providing technical assistance to the Water 2050 Project initiated by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries in 2009, which aims to develop the country’s vision and strategy for the water sector through 2050. Within the Project Coordination Unit and under the supervision of the Director-General of BPEH, the TA involves: (1) preparing the launch of the project, particularly through the development and supervision of the implementation of a capacity building programme for the actors before the start of the study; (2) supervising, coordinating and controlling the quality of the strategic study; and (3) coordinating and managing the participatory process for the actors.
Sectorial Environmental and Social Assessment and Environmental and Social Audit of the SNPT (2017-2018)
Since 2005, the government of Togo has been aiming to implement a diversification policy in the mining sector, a major focus of economic development in the country. Over the last two decades, Togo's mining industry has mainly concentrated on unconsolidated phosphate for the production of fertilizer and phosphoric acid; SNPT is the key actor in this.
This study had three components:
- A sectorial environmental and social assessment aiming to integrate analytical and participatory approaches into strategic decisions, and to include environmental and social considerations in sectorial policies, plans and programmes.
- An in-depth examination of the environmental and social audit of the SNPT to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the SNPT-funded audit, and propose recommendations to bring it into compliance with best international practices and relevant World Bank requirements.
- At the request of SNPT, a capacity building programme for SNPT employees and those of other mining companies was developed and implemented.
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