Social and Heritage


Social and Heritage Services

The Social and Heritage Department within Digby Wells Environmental recognises that the viability and sustainability of a project often depends on the extent to which the needs and concerns of local communities are taken into account, and whether the negative impacts of the project on these communities are adequately mitigated, and the project benefits are enhanced.

Our multidisciplinary team of Social Scientists and Heritage Practitioners delivers and adds value to the paradigm of “social license” to operate by providing appropriate social services and facilitating the interactions between the client, project host communities, regulators and other stakeholders to develop and ensure long-term sustainable solutions for the project under consideration.

  • Social Services:
    • Socio-Economic Impact Assessments (SIAs);
    • Resettlement Planning – Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs) and monitoring; 
    • Social and Labour Plans (SLPs); 
    • Social Surveys; 
    • Human Rights Impact Assessments (HRIA); 
    • Community Health Impact Assessments (cHIA); 
    • Public Participation Processes and Plans; 
    • Strategic Communication Plans; 
    • Grievance Mechanisms; 
    • Stakeholder Risk Analysis; 
    • Stakeholder Engagement Audits; and 
    • Community Conflict Management.


  • Heritage Services:
    • Heritage Assessments to International Best Practise Standards, such as IFC Performance Standard 8, including: 
    • Palaeontological desktop assessment 
    • Palaeontological Impact Assessments (PIAs); 
    • On-site evaluation and monitoring; 
    • Development of project specific fossil chance finds procedures; 
    • Archaeological Impact Assessments (AIA); 
    • Archaeological Watching Briefs, i.e. monitoring; 
    • Heritage Site Management Plans; 
    • Development of project specific Chance Find Protocols; and 
    • Heritage Impact Assessments (HIAs); 
    • Heritage Resources Mitigations on archaeological sites, as well as the historic built environment; 
    • Development of Integrated Conservation Management Plans; 
    • Heritage Stakeholder Engagement, in respect of Conservation Management Plans;  
    • Notification of Intent to Develop to comply with Section 38(1) of the National Heritage Resources Act, 1999 (Act No. 25 of 1999); and 
    • Burial Grounds and Graves Permit Applications in terms of Section 36 of the National Heritage Resources Act, 1999 (Act No. 25 of 1999).