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St. Vincent and the Grenadines - OECS Education Development Project : environmental assessment (English)

The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States - OECS - Education Development Project, gives high priority to institutional development, and the reform of education management, the improvement of quality at primary and secondary education, and improved access to early childhood development, adult and continuing education and skills training, and special needs education. This environmental assessment specifically looks at the potential adversity caused by construction works in relation to the construction of the Fountain Belair High School, and proposes mitigation as follows. Engineering designs shall take into consideration the site location in order to maximize lighting, and ventilation, and ensure structural soundness against potential hurricane, and natural disaster hazards. Adequate wash rooms will be available, with the relevant facilities, and appropriate fixtures, including facilities for disabled students. Tanks for toilet units should be housed in a separate service duct/room, selected to provide maximum water saving. The following areas have been determined to be of potential concern to the development and surrounding area: drainage/storm water management; waste water and sewerage management; and, soil conservation/erosion. The development could be adequately accommodated on the lower, slopes given the topography of the island, to include soil conservation measures. Design standards will be available to provide a hurricane resistant structure, in compliance with the country's Building Code Regulations and National Planning Standards. However, extensive geo-technical surveys will have to be undertaken to inform design. The building will be positioned to reduce the level of excavation and earthworks, and, excavated material will be used for landscaping and agricultural projects. Waste disposal must comply with national policies/regulations. The septic system must be located in order to reduce impacts on the adjacent stream, and, systems will be in place to control sediment, in addition to adequate environmental measures to protect the stream. Further wastewater, storm drainage and waste systems will be developed to reduce environmental impacts. Contractors will be required to comply with an approved Environmental Management Plan. This entails adequate arrangements to channel runoffs into existing water channels, while septic tanks should be periodically treated, and, waste disposal systems will be implemented to minimize infiltration into stream. Other measures include traffic safety, protective equipment for workers, and public awareness campaigns.




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St. Vincent and the Grenadines

St. Vincent and the Grenadines - OECS Education Development Project : environmental assessment (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.