Environmental Impact Assessment

Types of support provided by the firms in conducting environmental impact assessments are:

  • Complete planning and management of environmental impact assessment studies.
  • Preparation of Terms of Reference for environmental impact assessment studies.
  • Impact identification, assessment, and mitigation.
  • Preparation of environmental assessment reports.
  • Organisation and management of public consultation sessions.
  • Client representation and liaison with regulatory agencies.
  • Development of environmental compliance and monitoring programmes.
  • Development of environmental impact assessment management systems for public agencies.
  • Independent technical reviews of environmental assessment reports.
  • Environmental post-audits.

Environmental impact assessment studies undertaken by the firms, individually or in conjunction with other firms, have focused on projects in housing, hotel and resort development, infrastructure for tourism resorts, coffee farming, marble production, dairy farming, port development, highway construction, power plant development, limestone chemical production, and telecommunications cable deployment along main road.  The following examples indicate the range of developments for which the firms have provided environmental impact assessment services:

Re-development of the Silver Spray Resort, Runaway Bay, Jamaica.  The resort, set on 6 hectares, was eventually developed as the 225-room super all-inclusive Hedonism III Resort.

Commercial development at Darling Pen, Spanish Town, Jamaica.  The proposed commercial complex consisted of 30 shopping outlets, four food outlets, and a petrol station on 6.5 hectares of land.

Orchard Subdivision, Hopewell, Jamaica.  The assessment covered 60 hectares of a larger 243-hectare property.  The 60-hectare, Phase 1 subdivision was being developed for residential and commercial uses.

Transportation centre, Negril, Jamaica.  Part of the 1.2 hectares of land allocated for the construction of the transportation centre was occupied by informal settlers, and as such, the environmental impact assessment also had to address the issue of re-settlement of these squatters.

Craft village, Port Antonio, Jamaica.  The design for the complex included 45 craft stalls arranged in 10 buildings, a food court, an amphitheatre, a pavilion, storage lockers, and other administrative and support buildings.  The assessment included, first an alternatives assessment to choose between three potential sites, and secondly, an assessment of the preferred site.  With the selected site varying between 0.3-1.2 metres above sea level, the assignment also included storm surge and flood assessments, as well as selection of an appropriate method and location for sewage treatment and disposal.

Proposed co-generation power plant at the Best Dressed Chicken processing plant, Spring Village, St. Catherine, Jamaica.  The co-generation power plant was intended to provide steam for use in the chicken processing facility, with excess power to be sold to the Jamaica Public Service Company.  Ecotech Inc. Limited provided technical assistance to the environmental unit of the host company in conducting the environmental impact assessment.

Environmental post-audits include:

Evaluation of the environmental outcomes of the Southern Road Development Project, Trinidad (2008), conducted as past of an ex-post evaluation of the project by the Caribbean Development Bank.