Environmental and Social Management

The Environment and Social Management (ESM) program comprises all social and environmental mitigation measures for the Devoll Hydropower Project. These measures shall be implemented between 2013 to 2018, starting up with a focus on Banja impact zone and lower project area. The measures shall be implemented within key interfaces and closely aligned with the main construction schedule. The ESM follows an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) conducted for the Devoll Hydropower Project.

ESM is composed of three key components, Environment, Resettlement & Social Development and Community Liaison. The program is implemented through the Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP), which outlines DHP’s commitments to the environment and Project Affected Households/Persons in relation to mitigating project impacts and promoting project development opportunities in the Devoll Valley. This plan is publicly disclosed since October 2013 and is accessible through the DHP website and DHP Public Information Offices in the project area. Click here to download the Environment and Social Management Plan.
The DHP ESM program aims to comply with International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability. The aim 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.

ESM Goals:

  • Identify and mitigate environmental and social project impacts and stimulate sustainable development opportunities
  • Assist displaced people to improve their livelihoods and standards 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