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Title: Addendum to the environmental impact assessment for the development of a transit hotel and luxury villa at Finolhas, Baa Atoll
Authors: Land and Marine Environmental Resources Group
Keywords: Resort development projects
Transit hotels
Luxury villas
Environmental impacts
Mitigation measures
Environmental monitoring
Environmental impact assessments
Issue Date: May-2013
Citation: Land and Marine Environmental Resources Group. (2013). Addendum to the environmental impact assessment for the development of a transit hotel and luxury villa at Finolhas, Baa Atoll. Male': Maldives
Abstract: This non-technical summary highlights the findings of the Addendum to the Environmental Impact Assessment of the proposed development of a Transit Hotel and Luxury Villas on the island of Finolhas in Baa Atoll by Coastline Hotels and Resorts Pvt Ltd. The proponent has brought changes to the concept plan, based on which the EIA the EIA for the project was developed. The EIA report was submitted and approved on 21st January 2013. A revised concept plan has been approved and a conditional development approval by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has been provided, conditional to environmental clearance by EPA. The changes proposed to the concept are;  Change in location of the Swimming Pool and Public Area  Change in type, location and number of 1 Bed Beach Houses on Western side of island (revised to be Lagoon Houses)  Change in numbers of Tree Houses, Beach Houses on Northeastern side and Ocean Houses  Development of a Marine Bio Center at the Service Jetty Area (previously proposed to develop an Overwater Cinema) These changes are fully discussed in Section 4 of the report, while impacts and monitoring required are discussed in Sections 5 and 6. While the proposed changes to the concept range from minor to moderate (few cases), the environmental footprint of the proposed changes are anticipated as low. Hence no additional impacts are expected to occur due to the changes to the concept plan. Therefore, it is concluded that the mitigation and monitoring proposed in the EIA for this development is more than sufficient to address these requirements of the project.
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