Latitude 66 Cobalt Oy is planning to establish two mining sites in Finland, one in Kuusamo and one in Posio. A pre-consultation project was carried out to prepare for the upcoming Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) process. The aim was to carry out a preliminary assessment on environmental aspects and to carry out initial stakeholder consultation in order to reflect the views of stakeholders.
Gaia acted as an independent sustainability expert in the project. Gaia discussed initially with relevant authorities, commenced stakeholder communication process and made preparations for the upcoming ESIA.
The Pre-consultation project built a solid knowledge base for preparing a high quality ESIA process. The project also made it possible to take the view’s of stakeholders into account already in an early conceptualization phase of the mining project.