The member firms of the Global Construction & Infrastructure Legal Alliance (GcilA) have been involved in sustainability and the preservation and development of the environment since the first appearance of this topic. Our involvement started in connection with numerous assignments focusing on advising on the development of landmark infrastructure and mining projects in sensitive socio-environmental regions. Discover our landmark projects and explore our extensive portfolio list, a summary of the member firms’ experience in each region.
The importance of the development of socio-environmental awareness was further manifested in guidelines, policies, procedures and legislation that became applicable to large scale projects in the developing countries after the promotion of best practices and the pressure of NGOs and the World Bank Group (WBG).The practical implementation of these regulations and practices, their relationship with existing regulations and the conditions of their practical implementation became a real challenge for all stakeholders.
For instance, GcilA’s member firms contributed significantly to the development and practical implementation of policies, procedures and best practices in close contact with all stakeholders for large mining and infrastructure projects in Africa. Since then, we advise on a regular basis on procedure and processes guaranteeing that the terms of references of Espace d’Initiatives Sociales et Economique (EISE), the EISE itself and the related undertakings from promoters and from the state are implemented to the satisfaction of all the stakeholders.
We regularly advise our clients on the land-related issues, which are among the most complicated issues to resolve, for large and complex infrastructure or mining projects. These cannot be reduced to a few clauses, thus putting the responsibility to clear the land and resettle the communities to the public sector only.
The due diligence on existing property rights and other community rights and customs, together with the implementation of the expropriation procedures and resettlement in accordance both with local regulations and international best practices is an important part of our expert advice in this area. In this process we routinely advise on engagement with local communities and entities including stakeholders as well as contribute to the various procedures guaranteeing the implementation of regulations and best practices in these sensitive areas.
Several of the procedures and processes to which we have contributed have become policies and best practices, particularly in Africa.