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ESA(Environmental and Social Assessment)-IDCOL

We provide the Environmental and Social Assessment (ESA) study for the requirement of Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL).

The main objective of the Environmental and Social Assessment (ESA) study is to assess both positive and negative environmental impacts due to the project (Industry & Roof Top Solar Project) activities and need of approval of the ESA report by the Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL), and draft the memo. The memo will also consider the requirements of donor agencies’ guidelines.

Environmental and Social Assessment (ESA) study include history and background of the project, project objectives and information on the nature, site location/existing setting, timing, duration, frequency, general site layout, pre- construction activities, construction methods, works and duration, and post construction plans. A description of raw material inputs and system components, technologies designed for project components and processes to be used as well as products and by-products generated.

The solar roof top project itself does not require any site clearance or environmental clearance from DoE. The sponsor will notify DoE regarding the rooftop project and will obtain a written NOC regarding this. Relevant environmental legislation, permits, laws; statutory orders are approach for proposed projects applicability.

Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) addresses the potential impacts and risks identified by the environmental and social assessment. The ESMP will include the proposed mitigation measures, environmental and social monitoring and reporting requirements, emergency response procedures, related institutional or organizational arrangements, capacity development and training measures, implementation schedule, and performance indicators and mitigation measures.

The baseline data will be generated in order to give an overall evaluation of the existing environmental conditions, values and functions of the area, as follows:

  1. Physical environment consider Air, Water, Soil, Noise, Hazards Wind speed and direction, Rainfall, Relative humidity, Temperature, History of hurricanes etc.
  2. Biological environment consider existing vegetation, proposed vegetation loss and resulting loss and/or fragmentation of habitat for fauna, cave and sinkholes and their species, Nocturnal species, Flight and behavioral patterns of bat species , Habitat of flora, Biological diversity, Invasive and economically important species, Mitigation measures to avoid or minimize negative impacts on wildlife, wildlife habitat and vegetation communities/ecosystems.
  3. Socio-economic and cultural constraints consider Population Demographics, Community structure, Social infrastructure and facilities, Infrastructure, Economic structure, Cultural traditions/customs, Archaeological features, Land Use, Transportation and traffic considerations, Public Perception etc.

An examination and evaluation of the project and potential alternative of not proceeding with it will be taken into consideration in the ESA.

It is understood that the Project Engineer will consider a hazard risk mitigation plan (such as cyclones, tornadoes, droughts, floods, earthquakes, road accidents, Emergency Response Plan etc.)

The impact assessment exercise will cover all related project activities and the full project lifecycle (i.e. construction, operations, etc.).

Assessment of institutional capacity of the implementing agencies will be conducted for effective implementation of environmental and social management and monitoring plan.

The grievance redress framework (both informal and formal channels) will be described, prepared for the power plant project, setting out the time frame and mechanisms for resolving complaints about environmental and social performance.

Describe the process undertaken during project design and preparation for engaging stakeholders, Summarize comments and concerns received in project design and mitigation measures, with special attention paid to the needs and concerns of vulnerable groups, including women, the poor, and Indigenous Peoples; and Describe the planned information disclosure measures and the process for carrying out consultation with affected people and facilitating their participation during project implementation.

The conclusions drawn from the assessment and present the recommendations.

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