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Lao - Second Phase of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Rural Electrification Project : resettlement plan : Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) component : resettlement policy framework (English)

The objectives of the Second Phase of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Rural Electrification Project for Lao are to: (a) increase access to electricity of rural households in villages of project provinces; and (b) further improve the financial performance of Electricite du Laos (EdL). Negative impacts and their mitigation measures include: 1) the preferred mechanism for compensation of lost agricultural land will be through provision of replacement land of equal productive capacity and satisfactory to the displaced person, if satisfactory replacement land cannot be identified, compensation at replacement cost may be provided; 2) displaced persons will be compensated for the loss of standing crops at market price, for economic trees at net present value, and for other fixed assets (ancillary structures, wells, fences, irrigation improvements) at replacement cost; 3) compensation will be paid for temporary use of land, at a rate tied to duration of use, and the land or other assets will be restored to prior use conditions at no cost to the owner or user; 4) loss of residential land and structures will be compensated either in-kind through replacement of house site and garden area of equivalent size, satisfactory to the displaced person, or in cash compensation at replacement cost; 5) if after partial land acquisition the remaining residential land is not sufficient to rebuild or restore a house of other structures of equivalent size or value, then at the request of the displaced person the entire residential land and structure will be acquired at replacement cost; 6) compensation will be paid at replacement cost for fixed assets; and 7) tenants, who have leased a house for residential purposes will be provided with a cash grant of three months rental fee at the prevailing market rate in the area and will be assisted in identifying alternative accommodation.

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Lao - Second Phase of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Rural Electrification Project : resettlement plan : Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) component : resettlement policy framework (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/827991468278687329/Ministry-of-Energy-and-Mines-MEM-component-resettlement-policy-framework