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Cote d’Ivoire - Grid reinforcement and rural electrification project - Summary ESIA - 04 2016
This document is the summary Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) of the Grid Reinforcement and Rural Electrification Project. The project ESIA was prepared in August 2015. This summary was prepared in accordance with Ivoirian environmental and social requirements and the African Development Bank’s Integrated Safeguards System (ISS) for Category I projects. The project description and rationale are first presented followed by the country’s legal and institutional framework. The description of the project’s main environmental conditions is presented as well as options that are compared in terms of technical, economic, environmental and social feasibility. Environmental and social impacts are summarised and inevitable ones identified during the preparation, construction and operational phases of the transmission lines. Next, it recommends improvement measures such as rural electrification, mitigation measures proposed to enhance benefits and/or prevent and minimise negative impacts, and a monitoring programme. Public consultations held during the conduct of the ESIA are presented along with complementary project-related initiatives. The conclusion indicates the project’s acceptability.