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West Bank and Gaza - Palestine Electric Utility Management Project (EUMP) : environmental assesstment (Vol. 2) : Environment and social safeguards documents (Arabic)

The aims of the Electric Utility Management Project (EUMP) are to improve the performance of the Palestinian power sector through development of new transmission and distribution systems and institutional strengthening of Palestinian Energy Authority (PEA) and regional distribution companies. Negative environmental impacts include: increase in erosion during site preparation and the excavations of foundations; increased erosion along slope areas; compacting of the soil; pollution caused by waste produced during construction; interference with natural drainage and flow of perennial and seasonal rivers; destruction of vegetation in the area to be cleared for installations of substations and in the corridor to be developed under the power line; loss of sensitive habitats; relocation of residents and their dwellings; loss of access to land; disruption to traffic and pedestrian access; presence of non-resident labor and their temporary camps; public and occupational safety; loss of agricultural land; and loss of crops, harvests and fruit trees. Mitigation measures includes: (i) separate and remove or maintain the integrity of the topsoil (A horizon) to at least a depth of 20 cm. The separate removal, storage, and replacement of the topsoil and subsoil (lower horizons) ensure the preservation of the edaphic characteristics of the soil profile, and hence continued soil productivity; (ii) increasing the water retention capacity of soils, decreasing the volume and speed of superficial run-off and training of slopes (through installation of support structures); (iii) after completion of the construction phase, affected soils, should be ploughed and ripped; (iv) construction sites, warehouses and temporary base camps should be kept clean, in order to avoid possible fires; (v) although vegetation can be removed mechanically, it is preferable to use manual labor, especially near the riverbanks and steep slope areas; and (vi) no clearance of vegetation will be permitted within a minimum distance of 15 m from the highest level reached by the waters in rivers and other watercourses.

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  • Author

    Norconsult;

  • Document Date

    2011/03/01

  • Document Type

    Environmental Assessment

  • Report Number

    E1856

  • Volume No

    2

  • Total Volume(s)

    4

  • Country

    West Bank and Gaza,

  • Region

    Middle East and North Africa,

  • Disclosure Date

    2011/07/04

  • Disclosure Status

    Disclosed

  • Doc Name

    Environment and social safeguards documents

  • Keywords

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West Bank and Gaza - Palestine Electric Utility Management Project (EUMP) : environmental assesstment (Vol. 2) : Environment and social safeguards documents (Arabic). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/927161468328840313/Environment-and-social-safeguards-documents