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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
Evaluation of the cooperation with Bolivia in the following sectors: justice, fight against illicit drugs, water, sanitation and natural resources management (2021)
An ex-post country level evaluation assignment on the European Union's co-operation strategy with Bolivia and its implementation during the period of 2014 to 2020 to identify key lessons and recommendations in order to improve the current and future European Union's strategies, programmes and interventions on cooperation in Bolivia.
The following focal sectors were selected for intervention in Bolivia in the current Multiannual Indicative Programme (MIP), and are to be evaluated under this assignment: 1) justice reform and the fight against corruption 2) the fight against illicit drugs and control of surplus coca cultivation, and 3) water, sanitation and natural resources management.
Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Jamaica, Haiti, Guyana, Grenada, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Cuba, Barbados
Developing Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) for Climate Change Resilient Water Infrastructure (2021)
The project, conducted for the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, consists in the stakeholders-driven development of regional standard operating procedures (SOPs) to guide and coordinate national water utilities in the development and management of water infrastructure that is resilient to climate change and natural disasters. This involves the training of both water utilities staff and wider communities in SOPs and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) through a train-the-trainer scheme.
Preparation and adoption of a general guide for the control and monitoring of mining activities for the Ministry of Mines and Quarries (2020-2021)
The specific objectives of the mission are to:
- diagnose the existing monitoring and control mechanisms;
- sequence the monitoring and control actions by structure;
- propose an efficient and unifying approach to the various monitoring and control actions;
- have an operational guide to control by subject and by mining activity structure;
- have a priority action plan for the inspection of industrial mines.
Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA) of the mining sector in Mali (2020-2021)
Drafting of a Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA) of the mining sector. The objective of the assessment is to systematically analyse the environmental and social risks associated with all initiatives (exploration, sectorial organisation, investment, planning, techniques, operations, economics, revenue management, etc.) of the mining sector at the country level and to propose general measures for guaranteeing the sector’s sustainability.
Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, Chad
Development of the common mining policy in the CEMAC zone (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.
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