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Madagascar - Sahofika Hydro-Power Project – ESIA Summary
On 17 June 2016, the Ministry for Water, Energy and Hydrocarbons declared the consortium consisting of Eiffage, Eranove, Themis and HIER to be the awardees to develop the Sahofika Hydropower Development Project (the “Project”). This consortium will be responsible for designing, financing, constructing, operating and maintaining the Project under a concession agreement, by means of a Madagascar company named Nouvelle Energie Hydroélectrique de l'Onive (Onive New Hydropower Energy) ("NEHO").
This document is a summary of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) prepared in order to ensure the project's compliance with national legislation and the environmental and social policies of the International Finance Corporation and the African Development Bank. A Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) has also been developed and is subject to a separate summary.
The ESIA and the RAP were disclosed and subject to public consultations on June 1st - 18th 2019, both in the impacted communities and in administrative centres. The project affected population, the civil society organizations and the administrations were consulted. Based on the outcomes of these public consultations, the ESIA and the RAP were finalized and were officially submitted on July 22nd, 2019 for review to the ONE (Office National de l'Environnement), the competent permitting authority in the Republic of Madagascar. As of August 2019, the review by ONE is ongoing.
The ESIA and the RAP will also be subject to disclosure according to the requirements of the International Financing Institutions involved in the project financing.