083-i. Advice on ToR and review: hydropower Memve'ele - Cameroon
The NCEA advised on Terms of Reference (ToR) for an ESIA for the Memve'ele hydropower project, and subsequently performed an independent review of the ESIA report. It concluded that some important information is missing.
Advisory reports and other documents
|16 Mar 2009: Terms of reference|
|083 avis sur TdR|
|083 avis sur TdR annexes|
|083 avis sur TdR lettre|
|10 Aug 2010: Advisory review|
|083 avis sur l'examen|
|083 avis sur l'examen annexes|
|083 avis sur l'examen lettre|
|083_Réaction du Ministre sur l'avis sur l'examen.pdf|
A hydropower dam is to be built above the Memve'ele falls in southwestern Cameroon. The selected site is located in a national park region with very high biodiversity. An EIA is required for this project according to national law, and furthermore the involvement of the World Bank and FMO triggers a requirement for Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA). The Environmental Ministry of Cameroon (MINEE) asked the NCEA to compose an independent working group and advise on Terms of Reference (ToR) for this ESIA.
The NCEA issued an advice on ToR, as requested. When the ESIA was undertaken, the NCEA was also asked to review the quality of the study. Some general findings of the NCEA were:
- The ToR established for this ESIA have been covered in the report, although sometimes selectively;
- Some of the information is however incomplete or unverifiable;
- Therefore, the NCEA cannot conclude on the basis of this report that the mitigation measures identified will suffice;
- Moreover, the report does not guarantee that these measures will be implemented.
For these reasons, the NCEA concluded that additional information is necessary before a sound decision can be taken on the proposed project.
Members of the working group
|Jean Roger Mercier|
Chair: Aad van der Velden
Technical secretary: Gwen van Boven
Last modified: 28 Mar 2019