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.

Rapports consultatifs et autres documents

16 mars 2009: Terms of reference
083 avis sur TdR
083 avis sur TdR annexes
083 avis sur TdR lettre
10 août 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

Détails significatifs

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.

Parties concernées

Membres du groupe de travail

Serge Cogels
Georgius Koppert
André Lejeune
Jean Roger Mercier
Piet Wit

Le président: Aad van der Velden
Secrétaire technique: Gwen van Boven

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Pays: Cameroon

Mise à jour: 28 mars 2019