External review of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment of the Nenskra hydropower plant
Official document | 13 May 2015
The Georgian Ministry of Environment has commissioned an external review of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) of the Nenskra hydropower plant before issuing its ecological expertise opinion which is a prerequisite for a construction permit. This review indicates that the ESIA report for Nenskra fails to sufficiently define the area of influence, suggest project alternatives, assess the impacts on the local communities and evaluate the costs and benefits of the project for the Georgian society.
Even though the German expert waived the Nenskra report as one containing formal insufficiencies that can be readily addressed, he questioned the unconceptional hydropower development in Georgia and the environmental degradation linked with Nenskra.