MICI-PN-2010-002

Panama - Panama - Pando-Monte Lirio Hydroelectric Power Project

Country: Panama

Reception date: March, 12 2010

Current Status: Closed

Requesters:
“ALIANZA AMBIENTAL PRO DEFENSA INTEGRADA DE PANAMA (AAPRODIPA) - Association of 16 NGOs of Panama

Summary of the Request

The Request presents a number of environmental concerns regarding the development of the Project, including, among others, the evaluation process related to environmental impact assessments, the siting of the plants, and the use of water. The Requesters also raised social concerns with respect to long term concessions. The Requesters alleged that the Project would have a negative impact on agricultural projects, damage roadways, and reduce the local economy; in addition they indicated that the siting of the Project raises security concerns, given the presence of the Baru Volcano, the possibility of earthquakes and other natural phenomena. They explicitly request that given that the environmental impact study was not participative in nature, the IDB considers their concerns prior to proceeding with Project financing.

MICI actions

The Project Ombudsperson declared the Request eligible for the Consultation Phase and given that the Project received financing from both by the International Financial Corporation (IFC) and the IDB, the ICIM and the CAO entered into an Agreement to conduct a joint dialogue process. Conditions were amenable to initiate the Dialogue process.

By the end of April, 2011, the Project sponsor Electron Investment, S.A. (EISA) indicated its decision to refrain from participating in the process; as a result the ICIM-CAO team determined that the conditions were no longer amenable to continue with the process of Dialogue. In the case of the ICIM, the Consultation Phase was deemed concluded and the Case transferred to the Compliance Review Panel.

The Request was declared eligible for a Compliance Review by the Panel. The investigation took place from November 2011 to April 2012. The Final Panel Report was distributed to the Board of Executive Directors and was considered by the Board on October 24, 2012. Notification to the ICIM of the decision taken by the Board was received on December 12, 2012 and communicated to the Requester, Management and the Executing Agency.

The action plan requested by the Board to Management proposes specific activities to solve issues related to the Ecological Flow, the road damage, erosion, water impurity, and related water quality. It also allocates responsibilities and sets realistic deadlines for its implementation.

On February 13, 2013, the IDB Board of Executive Directors approved the action plan presented by the Administration. During the Board meeting, the Administration was instructed to maintain the Executive Directors periodically informed about the progress of the implementation of the action plan. The case was declared closed by the ICIM.

Project Number:

PN-L1054


Environmental Category:

A


Project Name:

Pando-Monte Lirio Hydroelectric Power Project


Sector:


Project Type:

Loan Operation


IDB Financing:

USD 40,000,000.00


Steps and milestones Date Remarks Documents
INTAKE
Filing of Request

 

Request received by Executive Secretariat

 

 

March 12, 2010

First contact sent on May 9, 2011 to Management.

 

Registration

 

Notice of registration of Request and transfer to the Consultation Phase

 

 

September 20, 2010

 

 

CONSULTATION PHASE
Eligibility for the Consultation Phase

 

Eligibility due date

 

 

October 8, 2010

(15 business days from date of transfer to the Consultation Phase)

 

 

Issuance of Eligibility Memorandum

 

 

October 11, 2010

The Eligibility Memorandum is published after it is distributed to the Board of Executive Directors.

 

 

Eligibility memorandum distributed to the Board of Executive Directors

 

 

May 3, 2011

 

 

Assessment

 

Assessment due date

 

 

February 8, 2011

(120 calendar days from the date of issuance of the eligibility memorandum)

 

 

Issuance of Assessment Report

 

 

April 21, 2011

The Assessment Report is published after it is distributed to the Board of Executive Directors.

 

 

Assessment Report distributed to the Board of Executive Directors

 

 

May 3, 2011

 

 

Consultation Exercise

 

Beginning of the consultation exercise

 

 

April 22, 2011

 

 

 

Issuance of Consultation Phase Report

 

 

April 25, 2011

The Consultation Phase Report is published after it is distributed to the Board of Executive Directors.

 

 

Consultation Phase Report distributed to the Board of Executive Directors

 

 

May 5, 2011

 

 

Closing of the Consultation Phase

 

File transferred to the Executive Secretariat

 

April 21, 2011

 

 

COMPLIANCE REVIEW PHASE
Compliance Review Intake

 

Notification received by Executive Secretariat indicating/ratifying Requester(s) desire to have a Compliance review by the Panel

 

 

April 25, 2011

 

 

Transfer Notice

 

Notice of transfer

 

 

April 26, 2011

 

 

Eligibility for the Compliance Review Phase

 

Eligibility due date

 

 

May 17, 2011

(15 business days from date of transfer to the Compliance Review Phase)

 

 

Issuance of Eligibility Memorandum

 

 

May 13, 2011

The Eligibility Memorandum is published after it is distributed to the Board of Executive Directors.

 

 

Eligibility Memorandum distributed to the Board of Executive Directors

 

 

May 23, 2011

 

 

Terms of Reference (TORs)

 

Issuance of draft recommendation and TORs

 

 

August 2, 2011

 

 

 

Submission of the final document to the Board of Executive Directors for consideration

 

 

August 12, 2011

The Recommendation and Terms of Reference are published once they are approved by the Board of Executive Directors.

 

 

Determination of the Board of Executive Directors to conduct a Compliance Review

 

 

November 4, 2011

 

 

Investigation

 

Expected end date of review by the Panel

 

 

January 31, 2012

 

 

 

Revised end date of review by the Panel

 

 

February 29, 2012

(if more than 30 calendar days from the date stated in the TORs)

 

 

Issuance of Draft Panel Report

 

 

March 21, 2012

 

 

 

Due date for Management and Requester comments to Draft Panel Report

 

 

May 21, 2012

(45 calendar days for submission of comments)

 

 

Distribution of Panel Report to the Board of Executive Directors

 

 

September 28, 2012

 

 

 

Final decision of the Board of Executive Directors

 

 

December 5, 2012

October 24, 2012: Date of Board meeting.

 

 

Publication of Panel Report

 

 

October 19, 2012

20 calendar days from distribution to the Board of Executive Directors

 

 

Action Plan by Management received at ICIM

 

 

January 25, 2013

February 13, 2013. Action Plan approved by the Board

 

Closing of the Compliance Review Phase

 

File transferred to the Executive Secretariat

 

February 20, 2013