076-i. Advice on ToR: EIAs for dams in three Wadis

The NCEA advised on the quality of EIA reports for dam projects in three Wadis in Yemen. Upon its conclusion that neither of the EIA reports is complete, it provided guidelines for improved EIAs.

Advisory reports and other documents

02 Jan 2008: Advisory review
Accompanying Letter Wadi Bana
Accompanying Letter Wadi Hassan
Accompanying Letter Wadi Surdud
Advice Wadi Bana
Advice Wadi Hassan
Advice Wadi Surdud
Appendices Advice Wadi Bana
Appendices Advice Wadi Hassan
Appendices Advice Wadi Surdud
Map Wadi Bana
Map Wadi Hassan
Map Wadi Surdud
Photos Wadi Bana
Photos Wadi Hassan
Photos Wadi Surdud

Significant details

The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation in Yemen is planning to construct three large dams:

  • A dam in Wadi Bana, for storage, flood control and control of irrigation supplies;
  • A dam in Wadi Hassan, which would be closely interlinked with the one in Wadi Bana, but they are considered separately because they can be separately developed;
  • A dam in Wadi Surdud, with multiple purposes associated with flood control and irrigation.

The Environmental Ministry asked the NCEA to advise on the quality of the EIA reports that were prepared for these three projects. In addition, the NCEA was requested to provide guidelines for supplementary information that should be added to the EIA reports, where necessary.

The NCEA formed a working group of experts and paid site visits. In the resulting reviews, the NCEA concluded that the reports do not meet the Yemeni EIA standards. Most importantly, no alternatives were assessed - which makes comparison of alternatives and a sound decision impossible. The NCEA therefore advised on guidelines for an improved EIA report, following good practice principles.

Parties involved

Members of the working group

Rien Bos
Manal Mohamed Eid
Jan Willem Foppen
Roel Slootweg

Chair: Klaas-Jan Beek
Technical secretary: Arend Kolhoff

Proponent and Component Authority

Ministry of Agriculture & Irrigation - Yemen

Component Authority
Ministry of Water & Environment (MWE) - Yemen

Further details

Country: Yemen

Last modified: 10 Jul 2018