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Title: Environmental impact assessment for the proposed maintenance dredging project in Orimasfaru, Alifu Dhaalu Atoll
Authors: CDE Consulting
Keywords: Project description
Policy and legal framework
Existing environment
Impacts identification
Significant impacts and mitigation measures
Environmental monitoring plan
Environmental management plan
Issue Date: Apr-2013
Citation: CDE Consulting. (2013). Environmental impact assessment for the proposed maintenance dredging project in Orimasfaru, Alifu Dhaalu Atoll. Male': Maldives
Abstract: The purpose of this document is to fulfil the requirements to get necessary environmental clearance from the Environmental Protection Agency to carry out the proposed maintenance dredging works in the existing Orimas Faru reef entrance. The proponent of this project is Vilamendhoo Investments Pvt Ltd. The main rationale for the project is to resolve the access difficulties to the seaplane pontoon in Orimasfaru reef entrance as it has become very shallow in some area. Since the resort operations depend on the seaplane pontoon, closure of the channel will affect the resort operations during periods of bad weather in the SW monsoon The project involves maintenance dredging of the shallow areas within the existing channel and dredge waste disposal on to the small islands adjoining the channel. The total volume of sand to be dredged and disposed is approximately 1000 cbm in a 650 sq m area. The material will be disposed on the eastern island. In addition, a submerged groyne using large coral pieces will be assembled to minimise sediments from seeping into the channel. Project will be completed in 2 weeks. All project activities will be in conformance to the laws and regulations of the Maldives, and relevant international conventions that Maldives is party to. The key laws and regulations applicable to this project are: Environmental Protection and Preservation Act and Environmental Impact Assessment Regulation 2012. The existing entrance channel had no visible live corals and had moderate turbidity Significant impacts of this project during construction phase of the project are the potential impact of sedimentation on the marine water quality and consequent impact on marine life, direct loss of marine life within the project footprint and the health and safety risks to construction workers. All these impacts can be minimized with proper mitigation measures recommended in the report The main mitigation measures include carrying out construction activities during low tide hours and calm weather and proper supervision of all activities by qualified personnel. The work schedule and duration will also be planned to avoid disruptive weather conditions and complete construction activities in the shortest time possible. The alternatives evaluated for the project are dredging methods; dredge waste disposal sites and alternative location. The “No Project” option has also been explored and this option is not deemed preferable, given the current condition of the harbour and the need for expansion. No changes are proposed. The original monitoring plan is upgraded to include any changes to the coral reef environment of the island and the marine water quality as these are the key areas that will be impacted from this project. The management plan for this project is designed to produce a framework for anticipated impacts, including practicable and achievable performance requirements and systems for monitoring, reporting and implementing corrective actions. In addition provide evidence of compliance to legislation, policies, guidelines and requirements of relevant authorities. In conclusion, this project has been designed in conformance to the relevant laws and regulations of Maldives. The most significant impacts are expected to be short-term impacts on the marine water quality, coral reef and lagoon bottom habitats. However, mitigation measures have been proposed to adequately minimise these significant impacts
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