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Title: Environment impact assessment : first addendum for the proposed tourist resort redevelopment project in Gasfinolhu Island, Kaafu Atoll
Authors: CDE Consulting
Keywords: Tourist resort redevelopment
Existing environment
Natural and biological environment
Marine environment
Environmental impacts
Mitigation measures
Environmental management plan
Environmental monitoring plan
Environmental impact assessments
Issue Date: Jan-2014
Citation: CDE Consulting. (2014). Environment impact assessment : first addendum for the proposed tourist resort redevelopment project in Gasfinolhu Island, Kaafu Atoll. Male': Maldives
Abstract: The purpose of this document is to fulfil the requirements to get necessary additional environmental clearance from the Environmental Protection Agency to carry out the proposed changes to the resort redevelopment project in Gasfinolhu Island Resort, Male’ Atoll. The proponent of this project is Global Pvt Ltd. The primary rationale for the proposed additional activity is to adjust the re-development plan from the observed shortcomings of the initial plan. The proposed revisions include increase in the number of rooms, changes to the room design and relocation of some guest facilities, revegetation, reclamation/replenishment of a 10,000 – 11,000 sq m on the main island and beach replenishment of about 500 sq m of the small islet on the eastern side. 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, Environmental Impact Assessment Regulation 2012, Dredging and Reclamation Regulations 2013 and Tourism Act. Approvals for the project have been granted from Ministry of Tourism and EPA (for coastal modifications). The study area for the project is Gasfinolhu Island and baseline conditions are based on Original EIAs (Phase I and Phase II EIA’s) and monitoring reports/data. Baseline conditions indicate that most of the developments highlighted in the EIAs have been undertaken as specified. Existing coastal modifications such as replenishment and dredging has had short term impacts on the marine environment but has been very localised. Impacts from the current proposal will be cumulative and will mainly have impacts on the marine environment. 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 and as practiced in the current environmental management framework. The main mitigation measures include carrying out construction activities during low tide hours and calm weather, deployment of silt screen or construction of bunds in the project area and where appropriate to reduce sediment dispersal and avoid adverse sedimentation impacts, 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 alternative near shore breakwater technologies and alternatives for borrow areas. The “No Project” option has also been explored and this option is not deemed preferable, given the current condition of the shore and the need for mitigation of ongoing seasonal and long-term erosion problem. The monitoring plan is designed to extend the existing monitoring programme. The management plan for this addendum will also be the same framework existing for the project. In conclusion, the proposed additional activities for this project have 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. Prepared
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