Alto Maipo Hydroelectric Power Project

Country: Chile

Reception date: January 23, 2017

Current Status:  Open


The Request is presented by the Coordinadora Ciudadana No Alto Maipo and the organization Ecosistemas, who are representing residents of Alto Maipo and the Metropolitan area of Santiago de Chile.

Summary of the Request

The Request alleges a series of environmental and social harms related to the Project that would be affecting the quality of life of the Requesters. Among these harms are:

  • Shortage of drinking and irrigation water that would directly affect the inhabitants of the city of Santiago and the surrounding Metropolitan Region.
  • Acceleration of the desertification process of the area that would cause damages to:
  • Biodiversity and natural resources, putting at risk the environmental services offered by the Cajón del Maipo;
  • Protected areas of cultural interest for their archaeological and paleontological contribution; and
  • Economic, agricultural and tourist activities that support the Region.
  •  Health effects from air and water pollution in the river basin.

Moreover, the Request mentions families’ resettlement on areas close to the Project and argues that this process would not have been carried out following the parameters established by the Bank.

Likewise, the Request also alleges lack of clear information about the Project impacts and the lack of citizen inclusion.

Recent actions

On November 20, 2017, MICI sent to the Requesters and Management a draft of the Recommendation for a Compliance Review and its Terms of Reference (TOR) for their comments. As of this date, the Parties have 15 business days to submit comments to this document, the actual due date being December 13, 2017.


Past actions

On January 30, 2017 MICI granted the Requesters a maximum term of 10 business days to submit additional information required for processing the Request.


The Request was registered on February 15th, 2017, and notifications were sent to Requesters and Bank Management.


On April 21, the Board of Executive Directors approved the request sent by the MICI Director to extend the deadline for the determination of eligibility of the Request by 10 business days. The objective of this extension request was to allow for a detailed analysis of all the information collected during the mission to the Project site, which took place during the week of April 10th. The new deadline for the emission of the Determination of Eligibility Memorandum is May 1, 2017.


On May 1st, MICI determined that the Request was eligible as it complied with the criteria set forth by the Mechanism’s Policy.

This determination of eligibility and the initiation of the MICI process do not halt the Project or its disbursements. Likewise, is not an assessment of the merits of the Request or of the issues presented in it; nor does it represent an approval to conduct an investigation to determine compliance or non-compliance by the Bank with respect to its Relevant Operational Policies.

In accordance with the Requesters' wish to use the Compliance Review Phase, the Request was forwarded to that Phase, starting the deadline for MICI to prepare a draft of Recommendation and Terms of Reference for a Compliance Review.


Due to the multiple topics presented in the Request, MICI required an extended period of time to analyze the documentation and prepare the Draft Recommendation for a Compliance Review. The Board of Executive Directors granted the extension; the new due date to circulate the draft to the Parties is July 28.


On July 28th, the MICI Director requested a 6 business-day extension from Board of Executive Directors to submit the Draft Recommendation for a Compliance Review for comments from the Parties. MICI requested this extension upon receiving public information that may have an impact on the content of the document. The new deadline for circulating the draft among the Parties is August 7, 2017.


On August 7, MICI requested an extension from the Board of Executive Directors to submit the Draft Recommendation for a Compliance Review for comments from the Parties. MICI requested this extension based on recent public information, which from MICI's perspective, may have an impact on the recommendation for a compliance review.

At this moment, there is no specific issue date for the recommendation document. This date depends on the development of the project information.

Project Number:


Environmental Category:


Project Name:

Alto Maipo Hydroelectric Power Project



Project Type:

Loan Operation

IDB Financing:

USD 200,000,000

Consultation Process
Recommendation for a CR and ToRs
CR Report


Consultation Phase (CP)

Compliance Review Phase (CRP)

Chronology and documents

Steps and milestones Date Remarks Documents

Request Receipt

January 23,2017

Notice of Registration

February 15,2017

5 business days from the date of receipt of the Request or 15 business days when further information is required from the Requesters.


Management Response

March 17,2017

21 business days from the date of notice of registration. The response will be published as an annex to the Eligibility Memorandum.

Eligibility due date

May 1,2017

21 business days from the date of receipt of Management Response or 45 business days after the Suspension is granted.

Eligibility MemorandumPublic Disclosure

May 17,2017

As per the Access to Information Policy (OP-102) the disclosure of this document is done simultaneous to its distribution to the Board of Executive Directors.

Recommendation for a Compliance Review and Terms of Reference (ToRs)

Preparation of Draft Recommendation and ToRs due date

November 20,2017

First extension: July 28, 2017.

Second extension: August 7, 2017.

Third extension: November 20, 2017.

Due date for receiving comments on Draft

December 13,2017

Management and Requesters have 15 business days to submit their comments to the Draft.


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