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|Title: ||Post-tsunami infrastructure rehabilitation project : rehabilitation of 6 selected harbors : social and environmental impact assessment for the rehabilitation of the harbor in Makunudhoo island, Haa Dhaal atoll|
|Authors: ||SOGREAH Consultants|
|Keywords: ||Existing environment|
Environmental impact assessments
Tsunami rehabilitation programme
|Issue Date: ||Nov-2007|
|Citation: ||SOGREAH Consultants and Water Solutions. (2007). Post-tsunami infrastructure rehabilitation project : rehabilitation of 6 selected harbors : social and environmental impact assessment for the rehabilitation of the harbor in Makunudhoo island, Haa Dhaal atoll. Male': Maldives|
|Abstract: ||This report discusses the findings of a social and environmental impact study undertaken by Water
Solutions Pvt. Ltd. and SOGREAH consultants of France upon request from Ministry of Construction
and Public Infrastructure.
The project involves the rehabilitation of the existing harbour in Makunudhoo, Haa Dhaal Atoll
with improved infrastructures. This project is initiated by the government of Maldives with funding
from Agence Française de Dévelopement” (AFD) as part of the Tsunami rehabilitation programme.
The harbour of Makunudhoo has been damaged to various extents and requires repair and
upgrading, including deepening the harbour basin, and increasing slightly the size. A detail
assessment of the environmental and social conditions was assessed based on which a
rehabilitation project has been proposed. This EIA has been prepared to assess the social and
environmental impacts of this proposed rehabilitation project.
Major environmental impacts of the project have been identified as resulting mainly from dredging
and disposal of dredged materials. Dredging will be undertaken in the harbour basin and to some
extent in the access channel. In view of the assessment, the environmental damages to marine
resources have not been considered major due to the limited boundary of the project and also due
to confined nature of the project. The impacts are likely to be felt on an estimated 5% of the
lagoon and reef‐flat of that extensive reef system. These environmental impacts were assessed for
both construction and operation phase of the project.
Mitigation measures for these anticipated impacts have been identified and outlined in detail,
including sedimentation control methods and other measures. These mitigation measures will have
to be followed in order to minimize environmental damage. Stakeholder consultations were held
with various groups, including the community and the client in order to incorporate the socio‐
economic components in the project. The proposed rehabilitation plans for Makunudhoo has been
prepared after considering the needs and requirements from the community by assessing and
incorporating the outcomes from the extensive community consultations held during the data
It is inevitable that there would be some negative environmental impacts, especially when
dredging is undertaken. However, these minor negative impacts out weight the socioeconomic
benefits gained by rehabilitating the harbour. As a result, a comprehensive monitoring component
has been suggested which takes in to consideration, the most important elements that require
regular checks. This monitoring component will be adhered and will allow the assessment of long
term changes, despite the limited nature of the impact. The most important consideration is the
socioeconomic impacts that have been assessed mainly as positive in nature. Not only they are
positive, but most importantly in the long term.
Therefore, it appears justified from a technical and from an environmental point of view, to carry
out the proposed rehabilitation project if the island is to absorb the economic gains achieved by
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