Environment Projects

Preparation of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for 100 MW Gulpur Hydropower Project.

147mw-patrind-hydro-project-ajkGulpur Hydropower Project is an Independent Power Producer being developed in private sector on Build, Own, Operate and Transfer basis under Policy for Power Generation Projects 2002 promulgated by Government of Pakistan and as adapted in Azad Jammu &Kashmir . The Project is owned by Mira Power Limited and has the capacity of 100MW with annual generation capability of 465 GWh.

The ultimate objective of the study is to make the project environmentally responsible and socially acceptable. The specific objectives of this study can be identified as follows:

  • To collect the baseline data on physical biological and socio–economic conditions of the project area using primary as well as secondary data.
  • To carryout environmental and social assessment including the supporting administrative and legal framework of the proposed road infrastructure.
  • To identify mitigation measures of the potential environmental and noticeable impacts and proposing impacts.
  • To propose institutional responsibilities and methods of monitoring the mitigation measures and monitoring procedures.
  • To prepare the Environmental and Social Management Plan.

The objective of the assignment was to Update and validate the EIA Report to make it Environment & Social Impact as per current situation on the basis of the broader guidelines of the financiers that includes;

  • Applicable social and environmental laws, regulations and policies of Pakistan relating to concessions, land acquisition and resettlement, labor and working conditions, public health and safety, ethnic groups/indigenous peoples and environmental protection, to obtain and update Government approval for the Project;
  • ADB Policies, Strategies and Operations Manuals including but not limited to:
  •  ADB’s 2009 Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS) – Safeguards Requirement (SR) 1 on Environment, SR2 on Involuntary Resettlement (IR), and SR 3 on Indigenous Peoples (IP)
  • ADB Social Protection Strategy (2001);
  • ADB Gender and Development Policy (1998);
  • Public Communications Policy (2011); and
  • Relevant ADB Operations Manual (OM) such as  OMF1 for Safeguards Policy Statement, OML3 for Public Communications, OMD10 for Nonsovereign Operations, OMC3 for Incorporation of Social Dimensions into ADB Operations, OMC2 for Gender and Development.
  • IFC Performance Standard on Environmental and Social Sustainability.
  • Relevant international treaties to which Pakistan is a signatory such as (but is not limited to) the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, International Covenant on Economic, Cultural and Social Rights and International Labor Organization (ILO) Core Conventions, all other ILO Conventions ratified by the country. Special attention should be placed on the Indus Water Treaty and the potential implications for downstream water users and any likelihood for conflicts upstream of the reservoir.
  • Summarized relevant national laws and regulations pertaining to environmental protection, indigenous peoples, land acquisition, compensation payment, and relocation of affected persons.  The Consultant will compare and contrast such laws and regulations with ADB’s and IFC policies and E&S performance requirements. If a gap between the two exists, the Consultant will propose a suitable gap-filling strategy in the environmental and social action plan (e.g. ESAP) in consultation with ADB and IFC.
Year 2013-2014
Location Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan
Cost Rs. 8.20 million
Duration 6 Months
Client(s) IFC/ Asian Development Bank/ MIRA Power Limited, Korea
Role of Organization Lead consultants for the assignment