Land Acquisition, Compensation and Resettlement Framework (LACRF) for the Simandou Port, Railway and Mine Project Components


This report provides an overview of all activities required for the preparation and implementation of the Land Acquisition, Compensation and Resettlement (LACR) program for the Simandou mine development project. It includes all the key decisions which were made during the scoping and planning process, the results and outcomes of initial work done since mid-2020, as well as the recommendations for future LACR activities including surveys, monitoring and evaluation. Per IFC requirements, it is the Land & Resettlement Framework (LRF) described in Performance Standard (PS) #5.

This Land & Resettlement Framework report was prepared for Winning Consortium Simandou (WCS) by a team of land acquisition and resettlement consultants, following work done in Guinea with the WCS community and management teams between October 2020 and April 2021. The short name used to describe all work that needs to take place per the LACR program is Land Access.

A Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP) for the Simandou project has been completed in January 2021 and publicly disclosed in Guinean (in French and English) in March 2021. Initial disclosure and information meetings on land access work have been taking place since October 2020 at the port and along the railway early works since December 2020, additional meetings are scheduled for June 2021 onwards. In parallel a formal Grievance Mechanism (GM) has been agreed in April 2021 and is being implemented by the WCS community teams (set up respectively at port, railway, and mine).

WCS won the concession of Simandou Iron Ore Blocks #1 and #2 in November 2019 and signed the Base Agreement with Guinean State on 12 November 2020, which was approved by Guinean National Assembly on 23 November 2020. Winning Consortium Simandou Railway (hereinafter referred to as “WCSR”) signed the Infrastructure Agreement of Railway for Simandou Iron Ore #1 and #2 with Guinean government on 12 November 2020, which was approved by Guinean National Assembly on 23 November 2020.The same apply for the Winning Consortium Simandou Port (hereinafter referred to as “WCSP”) on same days.

This Land Acquisition, Compensation and Resettlement Framework (LACRF) deals with the land acquisition, compensation, and resettlement for the port at Morebayah, the railway corridor of approximately 600 km in length, and the mining and processing facilities of Block 1 & 2 at Simandou located on the mountain ridge between Damaro and Kérouané.

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