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|Title: ||Environmental management plan for the proposed development of island waste management center in F. Magoodhoo|
|Authors: ||Zuhair, Ahmed Hassaan|
|Keywords: ||Project description|
|Issue Date: ||Dec-2017|
|Citation: ||Zuhair, A. H. (2017). Environmental management plan for the proposed development of island waste management center in F. Magoodhoo. Male': Maldives|
|Abstract: ||The proposed development of Island Waste Management Center (IWMC) in Faafu Atoll Magoodhoo is
funded by the Public Sector Investment Program (PSIP) of the Government of Maldives. The aim of this
project is to alleviate current waste management problems endured by the island community and thereby
improve the overall environmental and public health condition of the island.
The proposed IWMC will be developed in a 630 square meters’ area located in the reclaimed area on the
south side of the island. The scope of works also includes repairing of the incinerator adjacent to the site.
The site adheres to the conditions set forth in the land approval letter of Maldives Land and Survey
Authority (MLSA) by maintaining an adequate green buffer from the residential area and also shore
protection is established at the shoreline towards south and east of the IWMC. Only 2 mature coconut
palms and 9 mature trees (portia trees) are found at the project site, therefore, minimal site clearance
work will be required. The palms and trees will be relocated to other parts of the island as much as
possible. No environmentally protected or sensitive site is present close to the IWMC.
The project will provide basic infrastructure necessary to manage waste at island level and ensure
composting is undertaken in the island. After completion of civil works, the IWMC will be operated by the
Island Council in accordance to the Island Waste Management Plan. Training on composting for island
level staffs and machinery such as, shredders, wood chippers and bottle crushers will be provided to
facilitate adequate functioning of the IWMC. Waste that is not manageable at the island level will be
stored and regularly transferred to a regional waste management facility (RWMF). All civil works of the
project are expected to be completed within 6 months.
Environmental impacts of the project were evaluated using the Rapid Impact Assessment Method (RIAM).
Majority of the impacts envisaged for the project are highly positive. The project is expected to bring
numerous economic benefits to the island community, in additional to the perceivable environmental and
public health related benefits. The only permanent negative impact likely to occur as a result of the project
is related to the removal of vegetation. However, the amount of vegetation clearance involved is minimal
and therefore, if the mitigation measures proposed in this management plan are adhered, almost all the
negative impacts can be brought to an acceptable level.
The monitoring program proposed in the EMP will ensure the implementation of the mitigation measures
and assist in the identification of unforeseen impacts throughout the project.
Overall, the project is expected to provide significant socio-economic and environmental benefits for the
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