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Laos - Nam Theun 2 Hydroelectric Project : resettlement action plan (Vol. 3) : Downstream areas - EMDP and resettlement and compensation framework (Inglês)

The Nam Theun 2 Hydroelectric Project involves the development of a hydroelectric scheme in Khammouane, Bolikhamxay and Savannakhet Provinces in central Laos involving constructing a dam on the Nam Theun River, creating a reservoir on the Nakai Plateau, and necessitating the relocation and rehabilitation of livelihoods of more than 1,000 households. The construction and operation of NT2 will result in impacts to the biophysical, socio-economic and cultural environments of the Project Area. Where resettlement will be required, project affected people (PAP) will be compensated for adverse impacts. Three areas of social impacts that are the subject of resettlement and/or compensation and development planning: the reservoir area on the Nakai Plateau, the project (construction) lands, and downstream (of the power station) and the XBF. Four ethnic groups will be affected: Tai-Lao, the majority population, and three ethnic minority groupings: Austro-Asiatic, Miao-Yao and Tibeto-Burman. The Ethnic Minorities Development Plans (EMDP) address the issue of culturally sensitive development for PAPs and aim to (a) Avoid adverse project impacts or to reduce and mitigate these; (b) improve the livelihoods and standards of living of the ethnic minorities; (c) ensure that ethnic minorities affected are adequately consulted, fully compensated and participate actively. Relevant material and recommendations in the EMDPs have been incorporated fully into the RAP and mitigation plans, although the EMDPs are much more detailed and provide background material justifying recommendations and conclusions.




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