Environmental and Social
The Environment and Social Management (ESM) program comprises all social and environmental mitigation measures – external to the construction areas - for the Devoll Hydropower Project
These measures are implemented in parallel with the implementation and operation of Banja HPP and Moglicë HPP.
The development of the detailed ESM program follows an in depth analysis carried out during Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) conducted for the Devoll Hydropower Project by a group of international and local experts.
ESM is composed of three key pillars, Environment, Resettlement and Social Development bound together in close cooperation and with the active engagement from relevant local and national Stakeholders.
The program is implemented through parameters established within the publicly disclosed Environmental and Social Management Plan. Here, Statkraft’s commitments to the environment, project affected households and persons in relation to mitigating project impacts and promoting project development opportunities in the Devoll Valley are clearly defined. This plan has been publicly disclosed since October 2013 and is accessible through the DHP website and DHP Public Information Offices in the project area.
The ESM program aims to comply with International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability. The purpose is toward ensuring that the ESM programs are implemented in a way that all project affected households and communities have restored or preferably improved living standards as a result of the project and as a consequence become project beneficiaries.
- Identify, minimize, mitigate and monitor environment and social project impacts and stimulate sustainable development opportunities.
- Assist displaced people to improve their livelihood and standard of living or at least to restore them to pre-project levels.
- Conduct environmental mitigation measures to minimize project impacts on the natural environment and develop environmental infrastructure services to avoid negative effects to both the project and its key stakeholders.