MICI-BID-CH-2017-0115 - MICI concludes the monitoring of the action plan regarding the Alto Maipo Hydroelectric Power Project

AltoMaipo

MICI has concluded the management of the complaint referred to the Alto Maipo Hydroelectric Project, in Chile, with the publication of the monitoring and closure report, on November 18, 2022. The report verifies the implementation of the action plan, approved in October 2020, that IDB Invest prepared to address the seven recommendations that MICI made in its compliance review process. The report shows that 12 of the 21 actions of the Management 's plan have been fulfilled, while seven are in the process of being complied with, and two others do not present reported progress.

This was the first case in which the Board of Executive Directors determined a specific deadline for IDB Invest to carry out an action plan, and the document was prepared in 30 days. However, the report notes that the lack of alignment of this page with the MICI's recommendations, coupled with IDB Group's exit from the project, has limited the scope of the monitoring that MICI could carry out. Based on this experience, a positive change took place in the interaction between the MICI and Management in terms of preparing action and monitoring plans for other cases in the MICI’s Compliance Review phase.

MICI also deems it appropriate for the IDB Group to develop and implement guidelines regarding the various types of project exit that can take place, ensuring that the decisions made by the Bank are based on the principles of “responsibility” and “do good beyond do no harm.” This means taking the affected communities into account to prevent any exit action from creating or contributing to the risk of reprisals and vulnerability for the communities and that, in the future, Management fully implements the activities envisaged in its action plans.

With this report, MICI closes the complaint that 23 individuals who live and work mainly in the San José de Maipo district presented in 2017, alleging harm in connection with the construction and operation of the hydroelectric project, and noncompliance on a variety of environmental and social issues, as well as impacts on various economic and tourist activities.

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MICI has concluded the management of the complaint referred to the Alto Maipo Hydroelectric Project, in Chile, with the publication of the monitoring and closure report, on November 18, 2022. The report shows that 12 of the 21 actions of the Management 's plan have been fulfilled, while seven are in the process of being complied with, and two others do not present reported progress.