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Vanuatu - Aviation Investment Project : additional financing - environmental assessment (Vol. 3) : Environment and social management plan for Whitegrass Airport, Tanna Island (English)

The Pacific Aviation Investment Program (PAIP) is funded by the World Bank (WB), participating countries, and other donor partners with the development objective to: (i) improve the safety, security, efficiency, management and environmental sustainability of airports, and (ii) improve regional harmonization of aviation safety standards. As part of the regional PAIP, aimed primarily at improving airport safety and security across the Pacific, the Vanuatu Aviation Investment Project (VAIP) has been established. Some of the negative impacts and mitigation measures include: soakage pits should not be installed directly into a shallow aquifer. However drainage improvements are needed to reduce flooding impacts on surrounding residents. Oil water separators should be included to treat runoff from the apron and maintenance hangers; minimize risk to groundwater and surrounding soil by developing a spill response plan and provide training to all contract workers on how to implement the spill response plan. Precautions should be in place to prevent wastewater and hazardous substances or materials entering the environment (e.g. fuel spillage, wastewater containing fire retardant during firefighting), the spill response plan should include factors associated with both the construction and operational phases and should be available at all VAIP locations; and minimize erosion and design erosion protection measures according to international good practice standards, including incorporation of effective drainage systems (soakage pits) and consideration of surface flow paths.


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    Bennett,Christopher R.

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    Environmental Assessment

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    East Asia and Pacific,

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    Environment and social management plan for Whitegrass Airport, Tanna Island

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Bennett,Christopher R.

Vanuatu - Aviation Investment Project : additional financing - environmental assessment (Vol. 3) : Environment and social management plan for Whitegrass Airport, Tanna Island (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.