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|Title: ||Environment impact assessment for the construction of weather mast at Hoarafushi, HA. Atoll|
|Authors: ||Land and Marine Environmental Resources Group|
|Keywords: ||Weather mast|
Existing terrestrial environment
Environmental impact assessments
|Issue Date: ||Mar-2016|
|Citation: ||Land and Marine Environmental Resources Group. (2016). Environment impact assessment for the construction of weather mast at Hoarafushi, HA. Atoll. Male': Maldives|
|Abstract: ||The non-technical summary outlines the findings of the Environmental Impact Assessment of the
construction of a 77m (with the instrument boom and lightning arrester total hight will be 82m)
high weather mast at HA. Hoarafushi for collection of wind data. The proponent of the proposed
project is Ministry of Environment and Energy. The total estimated cost of this project is USO
. This project is a component of "Renewable Energy Resource Mapping and Geo-spatial Resource
Mapping - Maldives Project". The current works are part of second phase of the project which
involves data collection for 24 months at several locations around Maldives for developing a
validated mesoscale wind atlas for the Maldives.
Key impacts, mitigation measures and alternatives
The proposed project is not expected to have any impacts during the operational phase. The Impacts
on the environment from various activities of the construction work have been identified through
interviews with the project management team, field data collection and surveys and are also based
on past experience of consultant. Mitigation measures have also been identified for impacts.
Impact analysis was done using the Leopold matrix. Impact analysis showed that impact due to the
project was minor and on various parameters of the terrestrial environment such as vegetation and
groundwater. Mitigation measures are discussed in the report for potential impacts.
Given the scope of the project the only possible alternatives for the project was a no-project
scenario or alternative location for construction of tower.
The "do-nothing" option or no project scenario would mean that the data requirement for the wind
model will not be available and alternative island to be selected. The selection of the island is
made based on phase one of the project which identified locations for data points spread around
the island for modeling purposes. Since renewable energy ventures and development of the sector is
a policy of government it is essential to undertake all data collection and feasibility studies to
be able to make an informed decision. Furthermore the project is a grant from World
Bank and government is required to fulfill its obligation in facilitating the project.
Therefore given that the benefits of project are high and environmental impacts are low, the
no project scenario is rejected.|
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