Location: Sierra Leone, Africa
Habitat worked in partnership with Independent Social Performance to examine how the 2014/15 Ebola outbreak in West Africa affected relationships between mining companies and host communities in Sierra Leone. Interviews were held with local community members, mining company personnel and NGO staff at three time points: prior to, at the height of and at the tail end of the outbreak.
Health Impact Assessment, Qatar
Location: Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar
Habitat worked with several major industrial players to identify how the unique social and physical environment of Ras Laffan Industrial City was impacting health. Our deliverables included a health impact assessment and a Health Action Plan with mitigation measures to minimize risks and improve health supports.
Health Impact Assessment, LNG Facility
Location: British Columbia
Habitat undertook the community health effects assessment as part of an integrated environmental assessment for an LNG facility in northern British Columbia. Habitat interviewed over 50 individuals in key organizations as well as in First Nation communities to better understand potential effects on infectious disease transmission, mental well-being, public safety, diet and nutrition,socio-economic health effects and Aboriginal health.
IFC Compliance, Gold Mine
Location: Burkina Faso, Africa
Habitat provided technical assistance to guide a local consulting firm in the preparation of an IFC-compliant ESHIA. Habitat generated tools based on Performance Standard 4 to assist in preparation of baseline and assessment studies. During field visits, Habitat conducted focus groups in all affected villages and held meetings with stakeholders at the national, regional, and local level.
HIA Training for Mongolian Government
Location: Dalanzadgad, Mongolia
The Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) and the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR) partnered with Mongolian organizations to host a two-week institute on institutionalizing HIA within newly adopted legislation. Habitat provided training over a 10-day period to government agencies and representatives from international agencies from Canada, Zambia and Tanzania. The training resulted in an implementation plan for the key areas of: stakeholder engagement, capacity building, and legislative requirements for EIS and TOR.
Indicators of Health and Wellbeing in the Context of Resource Development
Location: Barrow, Alaska
Alongside the North Slope Borough Department of Health and Social Services, Habitat compiled readily available health, social, and environmental indicators that could be monitored over time, and that were closely related to resource development in the North Slope Borough. The selection of indicators took into consideration Iñupiat culture and the unique environment of the NSB. It is intended that this report will be updated every 5 years to enable better health monitoring and a better understanding of the potential health impacts of industry in the north.