Volume 1: Main Report

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In 2012 an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was prepared for Namibian Marine Phosphate (Pty) Ltd's (NMP) proposed marine phosphate dredging operations in ML 170 offshore Meob Bay, Namibia. In order to meet the requirements of the licence issuing authority, the Ministry of Mines and Energy, the entire EIA had to be completed in six months that precluded any field studies. The assessment of impacts made by the specialist scientists was of high quality and made the best use of the information available. However, the specialists recognised that a field-work based verification study was necessary primarily to improve the level of confidence in their scientific predictions of the severity, extent and duration of potential impacts arising from the dredging operations. The plan for the Verification Survey was included in the Environmental Management Plan (Chapter 8 of the EIA 2012) and NMP committed to undertaking the verification assessment prior to the commencement of dredging. This Verification Survey would also serve as an environmental baseline for the target dredge area (SP-1) and serve as a benchmark against which the actual impacts of dredging could be assessed.

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Sandpiper Project: Verification Programme Report: Mining Licence Area no. 170. Namibian Marine Phosphate (Pty) Ltd
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Cover and Intro_Volume-1.pdf 2.82 MB