|Abstract: ||The Project is proposed by Ministry of Environment and Energy for undertaking coastal
protection measures on the northern shoreline of AA. Ukulhas Island. The focus of the
project is to protect the northern side of AA. Ukulhas Island as the area is currently
undergoing serious beach erosion, which is currently reaching up to island infrastructures. In
order to protect the area, the Ministry of Environment and Energy proposes to undertake
beach replenishment of a 6,600sqm area on the north and design and construct a 280m long
rock boulder revetment along the replenished shoreline.
The project has been awarded to Sas e Senok JV Pvt. Ltd. on design and built basis. As the
contractor for the project, Sas e Senok JV Pvt. Ltd. has undertaken the Environmental Impact
Assessment (EIA) Report to be submitted to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for
This EIA is prepared as per the Terms of Reference (TOR) approved by Environment
Protection Agency (EPA) on 23 September 2015.
The scope of this EIA is to assess the existing environmental condition of Ukulhas Island and
surrounding environment, identify potential environmental impacts, propose environmental
management and mitigation measures to minimize environmental impacts as well as propose
an environmental monitoring plan with appropriate environmental parameters to monitor
changes on a regular basis.
Ukulhas Island is located at 4°12'56.35"N and 72°51'49.13"E in a single reef found on the NE
corner of North Ari Atoll. Both the island and reef is elliptical in shape and has a SE and NW
orientation. The length and width of the island are approximately 1000m and 215m
respectively. The area of the island is estimated to be 22ha.
Main environmental impacts from the proposed project will be from sedimentation including
water quality deterioration, reef damage as well as direct destruction of lagoon habitats within
the project boundary. Although, these impacts are inevitable, it is effects can be reduced by
implementing various environmental management and mitigation measures such as
undertaking sand pumping and beach nourishment operations coinciding with low tide and on calm days as well as undertaking the operations in the quickest possible timeframe to reduce
impact exposure period.
During the operation of the resort, solid waste and wastewater disposal as well as certain
tourist activities is believed to generate the most significant environmental impacts especially
on the marine environment where the impacts may range from marine pollution, water quality
deterioration, potential health risks, destruction of marine habitats as well as aesthetic and
The project is believed to generate a number of beneficial impacts. These include protection
of a critical island environment, protection of school and waste management center.
With regards to mitigating and reducing significant environmental impacts from the project,
the following measures including use physical barriers such as earthen berms, sand beds and
rock boundaries to close reclamation areas, undertake the activities in shortest possible time
and on calm days at low tides, reclamation to be undertaken in sections within the boundary,
directing sedimentation into the deep lagoon area and number of other measures have been
Although during construction of the project, significant environmental impacts from dredging
and land reclamation activities as a result of sedimentation and direct destruction of habitats
have been envisaged, with appropriate environmental management and mitigation measures,
these impacts will be reduced to a considerable level. Also, with positive social outlook of the
project and considering the overall need for the project, it is concluded that the project should
go ahead as planned.|