News and Updates


Clear Solutions

A new issue of Clear Solutions is now available for download. Clear Solutions is a newsletter covering some of the latest trends, opportunities and leading practices in water quality management and treatment.

In this issue:

  • Clear Solutions for Underground Mines
    Underground mines present a range of challenges with respect to acid and metalliferous drainage (AMD) and water quality management. Fortunately there are some effective solutions applicable at all stages of mine development — planning, operations and closure — that can dramatically reduce the risks and costs associated with these issues.

  • Planning: Plan ahead to avoid AMD
    Pre-mining planning decisions for underground mines can dramatically lower water quality impacts and AMD management and closure costs.

  • Operations: Managing operational water quality and odour issues
    Managing underground water quality and related gas emissions has become critical to the safe and compliant operation of underground mines.

  • Closure: Inert atmosphere technology for post-closure AMD management
    For free-draining underground mines, both historic and recently decommissioned, there is finally an alternative to water treatment in perpetuity or risky pressure bulkheads for managing AMD.



Earth Systems is an Accredited ESIA Consultancy Firm in Liberia

In 2014, Earth Systems became an accredited ESIA consultancy firm in Liberia. We are assisting international clients with projects on the ground through the Liberian project permitting process including scoping, preparing Terms of Reference and Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs), stakeholder engagement and consultation. Through its partnerships with Liberian consultancies and established relationships with government and non-governmental organisations, Earth Systems has developed a large network of local, regional and international experts and a comprehensive understanding of the local context.



Leading Practice

A new issue of Leading Practice is now available for download. Leading Practice is a newsletter produced by Earth Systems that explore latest trends, opportunities and leading practices in environmental management, compliance and assessment. This issue includes information on:

  • Planning for Mine Closure – Designing for closure to minimise environmental risk
  • Geochemical Engineering – De-risking mine waste management
  • Advanced Compliance Monitoring – New technologies help reduce monitoring costs
  • Safe Onsite Destruction of Hazardous Waste – New pyrolysis technology offers an innovative solution



Earth Systems Teams Up with the Victorian Government and IITK to Combat Tannery Waste Issues in the Ganges River Basin, India.

Earth Systems has teamed up with the Victorian Government and the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK), to deliver a roadmap for action by government, business and the community for the benefit of the environment and the Jajmau Leather Industry in Uttar Pradesh, India. The project is supported and funded by AusAID. The roadmap will provide a realistic and measured approach to address social and environmental impacts and will offer both technical and regulatory solutions.

The Ganga Basin is the most heavily populated river basin in the world, with millions of people dependant on the river for their daily needs. In the world famous leather manufacturing enclave of Jajmau, every day over 400 tanneries generate wastewater containing high levels of chromium, sulphide, organic matter and salt. Presently the waste management system cannot deal with the quantity and quality of the waste that is generated. Most of the wastewater ends up making its way untreated to the Ganges River due to failing infrastructure and the lack of capacity to treat the effluent.

Earth Systems, the Victorian Government and IITK are working together to find a balance between technical solutions, regulatory interventions, industry support programs and education of the tannery community. Our Vision is that the Leather Industry in Jajmau is able to sustain growth whilst not compromising the health of the river and the community.

Implementation of the plan will:

  • Ensure a sustainable and prosperous tannery industry
  • Protect employment for the local community
  • Improve health and safety
  • Reduce pollution, and
  • Establish a predictable, transparent and proportionate regulatory model



Earth Systems at the SIM Senegal Mining Conference

Earth Systems successfully exhibited and presented at the SIM Senegal Mining Conference earlier this month. Now in its second year, the conference ran from 6 – 8 November 2012 in Dakar, Senegal. Staff from our Australian, Senegal and UK offices attended the event, which attracted 75 exhibitors, 65 speakers and over 500 delegates originating from 22 countries.

Earth Systems has been working in West Africa for 10 years and currently have a number of on-going projects in Senegal and Guinea. Our regional Dakar office gives us advantages in project delivery in Senegal and the wider West African region, particularly having developed extensive regional experience in Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and Water Management. Our local knowledge and skills are supported by our international expertise to deliver a broad depth of expertise. As a result, interest in our services and experience was high amongst SIM delegates and we are looking forward to assisting our current and future clients in successfully delivering their projects across the region.



Lake Tai Water Pollution Treatment Project, China

The Final International Dissemination Seminar for the Lake Tai Water Pollution Treatment Project was held in Suzhou on March 20, 2012. The workshop brought together over 170 policy decision-makers and specialists from across China to discuss the results of the three year collaboration under the Australia China Environment Development Partnership. A number of specialists from the AUS Lake Tai Cluster, attended including representatives from Earth Systems, Hunter Water Corporation, eWater and Department of Primary Industries (VIC). Before the event, a memorandum of understanding was signed by the National Reform and Development Commission’s International Cooperation Centre, Suzhou Development and Reform Commission and the AUS Lake Tai Cluster to establish the China-Australia Water Resource and Environment Cooperation and Research Centre, and continue this partnership over the next 5 years.

Lake Tai is the third largest lake in China but is the most important in terms of population density and contribution of the basin to national GDP. Water quality and algal blooms in Lake Tai has been recognised as a serious national issue for the P.R. China, particularly following the severe Cyanobacterial algae outbreak in 2007. The State Council has approved a comprehensive restoration program for the Basin.

In 2009 the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) provided funding for the Lake Tai Water Pollution Treatment Project under the Australia China Environment Development Partnership Initiative (ACEDP). The objective of the Project is to strengthen management and policy approaches in the Lake Tai basin by increasing awareness of Integrated River Basin Management (IRBM) and science-based management/planning approaches.

More information about the project can be found at:


Earth Systems is a Registered Environmental Expert for the Government of Zanzibar

Earth Systems is now a registered Environmental Expert for the Government of Zanzibar. We are now providing environmental and social consultancy services in Zanzibar.


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