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ESIA and RAP of Kiaka Gold Mine Project in Burkina Faso

In 2012, WSP developed and implemented an environmental and social impact assessment and resettlement action plan.


Client: Volta Resources Inc.

Our client’s challenge

The client had to manage an involuntary resettlement of the people in neighboring communities, including small-scale miners in order to protect and conserve the biodiversity, ecosystem and the living natural resources in the Nakambe watershed (International Status). 

Our approach

WSP developed an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) study in compliance with International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standards and Burkina Faso’s decree regarding the application, content and procedures for EIA.


The TOR was approved by Burkina Faso’s Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development. The social acceptability principles, impact studies, and stakeholder consultations were successfully integrated into all phases of the project. The mine design was adjusted to avoid sacred land, pastoral zones and important communal agricultural areas.