Washington, D.C. February 7, 2006---The
International Finance Corporation (IFC) announced today that it will host
two meetings next week as part of its ongoing consultation process to discuss
the environmental and social impacts of two proposed pulp mills near the
Rio Uruguay. Interested parties are invited to attend and participate.
The meetings will be held:
- February 14, 2006 in Montevideo from
3 pm to 8 pm in the Sala Anacahuita, Centro de Convenciones y Reuniones,
Torre de los Profesionales, Yaguarón 1407 piso 04.
- February 16, 2006 in Buenos Aires from
1 pm to 6 pm Salon SUM, Punta Carrasco, Avda. Costanera Norte y Avda.
The meetings, which are part of the
consultation and disclosure process regarding the pulp mill’s cumulative
impact study, build on IFC’s most recent consultations with stakeholders
in both countries last month.
The meetings will offer an additional
opportunity for interested parties to review and comment on the findings
and analysis within the draft Cumulative Impact Study (CIS), commissioned
by IFC. IFC has been soliciting input from stakeholders on the draft
CIS to further inform its decision-making as it considers financing the
mills. Comments and written material offered at the meetings will become
part of the public record. The meetings will be facilitated by an independent
third party who will define the structure and format to ensure a focused
and fair dialogue process.
The Cumulative Impact Study and the
The CIS was released on December 19,
2005, in draft form, opening a consultation period to receive feedback
from interested parties on the study's scope, methodology and findings.
The consultation process will help determine whether there are any gaps
in the analysis undertaken to date and whether any additional modification
of the study may be required as a result. Subsequently, all comments will
be reviewed by an expert panel specifically set up for this purpose.
Neither IFC nor MIGA, which is considering
an investment guarantee for one of the mills, will make a decision on whether
to proceed with funding or guarantees until the consultation process is
completed. All written comments on the CIS must be submitted no later than
February 17, 2006 (see below).
The Online Feedback Option
In order to facilitate feedback on the
CIS from the public and interested parties, IFC has also opened an online
submission mechanism via the Internet. The public and interested parties
can submit comments, analysis, and feedback on the CIS at the following
Web address: http://www.ifc.org/ifcext/lac.nsf/content/Uruguay_Pulp_Mills.
For more details on the consultation
process and to obtain the full text of the draft CIS, in English and Spanish,
please visit: http://www.ifc.org/ifcext/lac.nsf/content/Uruguay_Pulp_Mills.