Advice review ESIA river rehabilitation - Bhutan

14 December 2021

On request by Invest International, we recently reviewed the ESIA for a river rehabilitation project in Bhutan. It is a follow up of our earlier advice on the scoping report for this ESIA. In 2020, an NCEA working group of experts visited the site and observed that uncontrolled sediment mining influences the success of the project. If uncontrolled mining continues it will be a threat to the project. If mining is done in a controlled manner than it can contribute to the success. Therefore, we recommended developing a Sediment Management Plan. To include all interests in the development of this plan we suggested to undertake an SEA.