PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT — March 22, 2016
Survey and Resettlement Action Plan for the Buzzi Quarter Island at the
Mt. Coffee Hydropower Plant in Harrisburg
The general public and all concerned or interested parties are hereby informed that the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), through its Mt. Coffee Project Implementation Unit (PIU), is carrying out a new survey on the island of Buzzi Quarter, which is located between the spillway and the powerhouse downstream of the dam, on the property of the Mt. Coffee hydropower plant. This survey represents the first step in a new amendment to the Project Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) for the Mt. Coffee Hydropower Rehabilitation Project.
An emergency spillway will be constructed on the Buzzi Quarter Island as part of the Mt. Coffee Hydropower Plant, to enhance dam safety and protect the people living in the area. Buzzi Quarter Island contains the communities of Buzzi Quarter, Two Bros Village, and Voinjama.
In keeping with Section 11 of the Environmental Protection and Management Law of the Republic of Liberia (2003), the World Bank’s Safeguard Policy on Involuntary Resettlement (OP 4.12), and the guidelines of the Mt. Coffee project funders, LEC will ensure that compensation will be made to all persons whose assets will be affected or lost due to the project.
Beginning on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, LEC will begin surveying works on Buzzi Quarter Island.
This announcement serves to notify the general public and all concerned parties that the inventory of assets in the areas to be occupied by the project will be carried out beginning on March 23, 2016. Therefore, March 23, 2016 is considered the official cut-off date for the Buzzi Quarter Island Amendment to the Resettlement Action Plan. Any development or property improvement undertaken after this date will not be eligible for compensation under the Mt. Coffee project.
An Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP), and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) for the main project and the transmission lines have already been finalized and made public. These documents guide LEC in implementing environmental and social impact mitigation measures for the Mt. Coffee Hydropower Project. All documents are available on the Mt. Coffee Web site at www.mtcoffeeliberia.com.
Any individuals with concerns or questions regarding the Buzzi Quarter Island survey or RAP works may contact Pedesco Hinneh of the PIU at 0886 887 812 or 0776 880 142.