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Integrated climate-resilient transboundary flood risk management in the Drin River basin in the West

Issues

Due diligence

Description: Complaint raises concerns about inadequate or absent prior investigation of project impacts.

Complaints with this Issue: 456

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Conservation and environmental protection

Description: Project relates to preservation or management of the natural environment, legal frameworks regarding environmental protection or pollution, and carbon sequestration or other climate change mitigation activities.

Complaints in this Sector: 61

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Regulatory Development

Description: Project relates specifically to development or reform of legal frameworks, including laws and regulations.

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Complaint

IAM: Social and Environmental Compliance Unit (SECU)

ID: SECU0021

Date Filed: Dec. 5, 2022

Status: Active

Description

The complaint centers around plans to restore the River Sateska in the Ohrid Region of North Macedonia to its natural riverbed. This restoration is being undertaken as part of the UNDP's Integrated climate-resilient transboundary flood risk management in the Drin River basin in the Western Balkans (Albania, Montenegro and North Macedonia) Project (Drin FRM Project), funded by the Adaptation Fund. The complaint is that although rediverting the river to its original path is well-conceived and necessary, it is being conducted "with an extremely substandard environmental impact assessment". The Complainant alleges that shortfalls in the environmental impact assessment include: a severe lack of study of aquatic life in the river; out of date climate and numerous other data; little to no analysis of groundwaters; little to no analysis of the species-impact of a sediment-collecting dam that will be placed on the river; little to no analysis of the impact that the rerouted river will have on the River Black Drim; little to no analysis of the natural sediment and organic debris flow that may be required for optimized ecosystems downstream of the dam; little to no analysis of the impact to Lake Ohrid of the sudden removal of a decades-old inflow (albeit a polluting and unnatural one); conclusions that there will be no impact on soils during the operational phase, despite the moving of a river; and no establishment of reference/desired conditions.

Complaint Stages

Filing

Dec. 5, 2022

Filing

Status:

Start Date: Dec. 5, 2022

Registration

Dec. 15, 2022 -

Dec. 23, 2022

Registration

Status: Closed Without Output

Start Date: Dec. 15, 2022

End Date: Dec. 23, 2022

Eligibility

Dec. 23, 2022 -

March 8, 2023

Eligibility

Status: Closed With Output

Start Date: Dec. 23, 2022

End Date: March 8, 2023

Dispute Resolution

Not Undertaken

Dispute Resolution

Status: Not Undertaken

Explanation: Not offered by mechanism, Stage is not practiced by mechanism

Compliance Review

March 8, 2023

Compliance Review

Status: In Progress

Start Date: March 8, 2023

Has Compliance Report: No

Non-Compliance Found: No

Monitoring

Not Undertaken

Monitoring

Status: Not Undertaken

Explanation: Complaint not yet reached stage

Closed

Not Closed

Timeline

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