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Ethiopia-Kenya - Mombasa-Nairobi-Addis Ababa Road Corridor - ESIA Summary

13-Feb-2009

The project road is an important section of the Trans-African Highway Cairo-Cape town. Within Ethiopia and Kenya, the road is a link on the main Addis Ababa – Nairobi - Mombasa corridor. The road crosses the Ethiopia – Kenya border at Moyale. The Ethiopian section of the road from Ageremariam to Moyale is approximately 300 km long, while the Kenyan section from Moyale to Merille River is approximately 366 km in length. The construction and rehabilitation of these two missing links are part of the efforts by the governments of Ethiopia and Kenya to improve trade and regional economic integration between the two countries. Given the magnitude of the envisaged road works, aspects of environmental impacts and the potential number of households to be displaced, the project has been classified as Category 1 in accordance with the ADB’s Environmental and Social Assessment Procedures (ESAP, June 2001) and the respective laws and procedures of the respective countries. Based on the scoping studies, full Environmental and social impact assessments have been conducted. Their main objective is to ensure that negative environmental impacts of the project will be avoided or reduced to acceptable levels, and that positive impacts are enhanced so as to improve the overall environmental performance of the road project.

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