TDI RESEARCH

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TDI audit

Pete Whitbread-Abrutat

Location: Cornwall, United Kingdom.
Languages: English

Pete is an environmental specialist of over 25 years diverse experience of natural resources management and sustainable development. He has knowledge in delivering better practice on the ground and has worked widely with the international mining industry on many commodities including, base metals, precious metals, coal, industrial minerals, and in the tropical forestry sector – always with a focus on improving practice or restoring degraded lands. He has extensive experience across Europe, North and South America, Africa, South-East Asia, Australasia, Central Asia and the Former Soviet Union. He is particularly interested in environmental and social performance, mine closure and landscape restoration.

Pete is a proficient project reviewer and has performed many mining-environmental and social audits and due diligence reviews, ESIA assessments, according to the requirements of IFC and World Bank standards and guidelines, as well as other international standards and national regulations.

He is an experienced trainer and has prepared and delivered capacity-building for extended periods in Afghanistan, including with UN Environment, and in the UK, Argentina, Morocco, Seychelles and Thailand.

Pete has been involved with, and researched some of, the world’s most significant landscape restoration projects. In 2011 he received a prestigious Travelling Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to explore world class landscape restoration through the Americas including major coal, iron and aluminium mining operations in central Appalachia, USA, and the Brazilian Amazon, as well as non-mining restoration projects in the Galapagos, Chilean and Argentine Patagonia, Florida Everglades and Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Pete was a key member of the team that created the transformational Eden Project in a 160-year-old China clay pit in Cornwall, UK and continued working there in variety of positions for 12 years.

He earned a PhD in the revegetation of mine wastes from the University of Exeter’s Camborne School of Mines and, as an undergraduate, read Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge.

When not working, Pete enjoys time with his family, sports, tending his young woodland and being on the beach in Cornwall.

Email: pabrutat@futureterrains.org