ACE Submarine Cable Project – Reports ready.
The Government of the Gambia (GoTG) has been given a Project Preparation Advance (PPA) from the World Bank (WB) to participate in the West African Regional Communications Infrastructure Program (WARCIP). The WARCIP is aimed at partly financing the participation of the Gambia in the Africa Coast to Europe Connectivity Project.
Under the ACE Connectivity project a lateral submarine cable will be laid to connect to the ACE submarine cable which will be laid off the coast of the Gambia in international waters. In addition, a landing station will be constructed. While the landing station will be located in the Brusibi Institutional area, the shore end cable will come out at Bijilo beach near the Lemon Creek Hotel, and this is where the Beach Man Hole (BMH) will be situated.
The World Bank (WB) OP 4.12 on Involuntary Resettlement stipulates that for projects affecting less than 200 people, an Abbreviated Resettlement Action Plan (ARAP) is prepared and for over 200 affected persons, a full Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) should be prepared.
This Resettlement Plan is prepared to assist in the management of the few resettlement issues which have been identified, even though these may seem to be of minor significance.
Click here to download >>> Draft Final Report of the ACE Project Resettlement Plan.
Another Draft Report that was completed is the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA)/ Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP). The purpose of ESIA/ESMP is to provide guidance to the submarine cable-laying and construction contractors, and to the operators of the facilities, on the measures and actions to be taken during the implementation and operation of the facilities to eliminate, mitigate, or offset siginficant adverse environmental and social impacts, or to reduce them to acceptable levels.
Click here to download >>> Draft Report of the ACE Project ESIA/ESMP.