Georgia: New NGO report says JSC Nenskra Hydro fails to provide adequate compensation for people affected by its hydropower plant; company responds

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Company response
10 October 2017

Response by JSC Nenskra Hydro

Author: JSC Nenskra Hydro

...Extensive information gathering sessions for the LALRP preparation was done from October 2015 to December 2016...Specifics regarding the compensation details is in progress and given that the compensation hasn’t been completed in Nenskra it is possible that people have not been provided with the details yet. The project will progress the compensation program, all people that are impacted due to land acquisition and assets will be informed and compensated in due course. It is possible that during the asset surveys, the Project might have done a mistake in the identification of PAP or missed an asset. Although we try to avoid this, unfortunately, this can happen due to human error. To minimize this risk, JSCNH has put in place a grievance mechanism to manage this risk and allow the communities to discuss with JSCNH their issues, so that remedial action can be implemented...

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Article
9 October 2017

Failing local communities: Report on the Land Assessment and Livelihoods Restoration Plan for the Nenskra Hydropower Project

Author: CEE Bankwatch Network

A field investigation conducted by CEE Bankwatch Network in the Nenskra and Nakra valleys...in Georgia during two visits in July 2017 has found direct evidence that the
Land Acquisition and Livelihood Restoration Plan (LALRP) developed by JSC Nenkra Hydro is inaccurate and fails to properly map, assess and provide adequate compensation for project affected persons (PAPs), especially for those that are significantly and severely affected by the planned Nenskra hydropower plant. The LALRP and its implementation so far do not comply with the requirements of international financiers’ policies concerning involuntary resettlement and economic displacement. The main findings of the field investigation include: Pasture land and wooden cabins used by multiple users are recorded as being used by only one household, leaving entire households out of the compensation scheme...The criteria for identifying vulnerable people leave out Internally Displaced Persons and potentially others who have a low income...The land take impacts of associated facilities such as transmission lines, access roads and the new substation are not included, nor are the land impacts of the disposal sites...

 

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