The DGDC's Abbreviated Resettlement
Action Plan (ARAP)
The proposed Project is located in the Roseau Valley in the Wotten Waven Geothermal System.
In September 2017, the Island was devastated by Hurricane Maria. This ARAP has been developed post the Hurricane and reflects changes in land use, land acquisition and livelihood restoration for the Project post the disaster.
The ARAP was prepared on behalf of the New Zealand (NZ) Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade for the Dominica Geothermal Power Plant Project, located in the Roseau Valley, Dominica. The ARAP has been developed based on the results of the census survey conducted by DGDC of potentially affected landowners at the power plant and along the reinjection line route. Although a socio-economic census was conducted for purposes of ARAP, it should be noted that a number of potentially affected landowners at the power plant proposed site and along the reinjection line are no longer in the country and as a result for 2 parties, the full census was not able to be completed. Thus the findings of this ARAP will need to be supplemented with updated census data in Q3 2018.
Within the Roseau Valley, a primary area of influence has been identified, comprising the three main communities in closest proximity to the proposed Project footprint. Due to their proximity, they are the most likely to affected by any employment, resettlement, community health and safety issues which arise from the Project. These communities of relevance are namely Trafalgar, Wotten Waven and Laudat.
Abbreviated Resettlement Action Plan (ARAP)
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World Bank resettlement policies recognise the need to provide resettlement, compensation, and / or livelihood restoration assistance to persons that are currently utilising project affected land. Thus, the displacement of residents and farmers from the site and reinjection route are addressed in this ARAP.
There are a number of national policies, laws, regulations and guidelines that guide relevant environmental, social and economic issues in Dominica. The laws and regulations also provide the relevant instruments for the effective management of land acquisition and proper institutional coordination. Of primary relevance is the Land Acquisition Act.
The Project is required to meet nationally and internationally accepted environmental and social safeguard standards in order to ensure that community benefits from the Project are maximised, and that potential adverse environmental and social impacts are minimized.