Stakeholder mapping and engagement – Liberia and Brazil Stakeholder mapping and engagement – Liberia and Brazil Stakeholder mapping and engagement – Liberia and Brazil

Stakeholder mapping and engagement – Liberia and Brazil

As part of their overall corporate social responsibility strategy, Hummingbird Resources PLC in Liberia established an informed consultation and participation programme to engage with their stakeholders on a proposed gold project. We helped them do this by carrying out a unique socio-spatial mapping exercise.

This involved a series of trial working sessions with community representatives and superimposing land use onto topographical maps. The mapping exercise helped to build key relationships, transfer knowledge and develop local capacity through training people in using GPS and basic GIS. Company employees gained an understanding of how to engage with local people, and the importance of understanding land use and awareness of cultural heritage. This project was particularly important in a post-conflict country where land rights and use are contentious.

On a project in Brazil we undertook a similar exercise, increasing the overall understanding of complex land uses and initiating an informed consultation process - essential in an area of illegal land users and a civil movement for agricultural reform. Findings from these exercises helped inform the client to guide the collection and development of social baselines and the overall social impact assessment process.