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2009 (Vol. 1, Issue: 2)
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Environmental Impact Assessment for a Pilot Project for Integrated Solid Waste Management in Makurdi, Nigeria

S.V. Irtwange and R. Sha’Ato
Corresponding Author:  Simon V. Irtwange 

Key words:  Environmental impact assessment, baseline characteristics, integrated solid waste management, Makurdi, Nigeria, ,
Vol. 1 , (2): Page No: 64-80
Submitted Accepted Published
2009 August, 30 2009 Sept., 14
Abstract:

The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the Integrated Waste Treatment Facility (IWTF) was conducted through multidisciplinary assessment of the baseline status of the site specific environment using standard methods for EIA in Nigeria. The impact assessment took into consideration the project activities and their interactions with environmental components. In order to influence the layout of facilities and infrastructure and maintain environmental sustainability throughout the project cycle, Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) mapping was carried out to delineate the sensitivity of the IW TF site. The interaction of the environmental aspects of the project and site specific baseline status of the area defined the potential impact of the IWTF project. Residual potential impacts were identified in order to understand the levels of environmental review and performance needed for the entire project. Ameliorative measures were proffered for the significant potential environmental impacts most of which were recommended for incorporation in the design and layout of the entire project. The residual impacts shall be continuously monitored through the use of environmental performance indicators as specified by the regulatory bodies on environment in Nigeria. An Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESM P) was developed for the project to allow for environmentally sustainable operations if those initially established proved inadequate, to cover the residual impacts. Socio-economic and health aspects of the project were defined to guarantee sustainability. Based on the study, the project was found to be economically, commercially, technically, managerially and environmentally sustainable.
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S.V. Irtwange and R. Sha’Ato, 2009. Environmental Impact Assessment for a Pilot Project for Integrated Solid Waste Management in Makurdi, Nigeria.  Research Journal of Environmental and Earth Sciences, 1(2): Page No: 64-80.
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