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Water Supply Augmentation Project, Greater Beirut Water Supply Project and its Additional Fiancing - Second Request

Issues

Biodiversity

Description: Complaint raises concerns about impacts on plant or animal species in the natural environment.

Complaints with this Issue: 110

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Cultural heritage

Description: Complaint raises concerns about impacts on any type of tangible or intangible cultural heritage, including significant sites, unique environmental features, cultural knowledge, and traditional lifestyles.

Complaints with this Issue: 93

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Due diligence

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

Complaints with this Issue: 411

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Water

Description: Complaint raises concerns about access to or availability of water. Concerns related to water pollution are not included.

Complaints with this Issue: 170

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Sectors

Energy

Description: Project relates to energy access, legal frameworks regarding the energy sector, and development and operation of energy infrastructure, including power generation and electric and gas distribution and storage. Projects specifically related to the extraction of oil and gas are not included.

Complaints in this Sector: 280

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Infrastructure

Description: Project relates to construction or improvement of large structures, facilities, or public works projects. Examples include roads and other transportation projects, sanitation and water treatment facilities, power plants, and industrial facilities.

Complaints in this Sector: 685

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Regulatory Development

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

Complaints in this Sector: 141

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Description

The Request for Inspection of the projects was submitted on June 24, 2019. The Requesters expressed concern about the planned construction of the Bisri Dam in Lebanon and claimed that the assessment of alternatives was inadequate. They alleged that the dam would cause a loss of biodiversity and historical, cultural and religious values. According to the Requesters, the Water Supply Augmentation Project (WSAP) has not adequately studied earthquake threats and has not conducted a sufficiently in-depth cost-benefit analysis and assessment of water quantity. The Requesters also raised concern about the macroeconomic situation of Lebanon and claimed that the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) process infringed national law. In addition, they questioned the independence of some experts involved in the preparation and implementation of the WSAP and raised concern about a potential conflict of interest. The Request referred to an earlier complaint regarding the same projects (see case no. 127), for which the Panel in November 2018 recommended not conducting an investigation. The Board approved the recommendation on December 6, 2018. The Requesters explained that they were not satisfied with the Panel’s response and, based on new evidence and circumstances, they submitted a new Request.

Complaint Stages

Filing

June 24, 2019

Filing

Status:

Start Date: June 24, 2019

Registration

June 24, 2019 -

Sept. 4, 2019

Registration

Status: Closed With Output

Explanation: Issues previously raised

Eligibility

Not Undertaken

Eligibility

Status: Not Undertaken

Explanation: Case closed in earlier stage, Complaint was originally found ineligible or not registered

Dispute Resolution

Not Undertaken

Dispute Resolution

Status: Not Undertaken

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

Compliance Review

Not Undertaken

Compliance Review

Status: Not Undertaken

Explanation: Case closed in earlier stage, Complaint was originally found ineligible or not registered

Has Compliance Report: No

Non-Compliance Found: No

Monitoring

Not Undertaken

Monitoring

Status: Not Undertaken

Explanation: Case closed in earlier stage, Complaint was originally found ineligible or not registered

Closed

Sept. 4, 2019

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