Environmental screening note for the proposed hospital development on Tristan da Cunha.

Abstract

This environmental screening note documents the findings of an environmental screening mission undertaken in September 2013 on behalf of DFID. The field work has been undertaken by an environmental specialist already engaged by the TDC administration on an independent mission.

This project deals with the construction of a new hospital to enable delivery of good quality health care and to potentially improve quality and range of health care provided.

The intervention will take place on a vacant plot under customary land tenure, located within the settlement of Edinburgh of the Seven Seas. The potential risks of the intervention on environment and climate change are mainly limited to:

  • changes in the land use;
  • during the construction phase: generation of noise & vibration nuisance, health & safety hazards to workforce, import of machineries (which can become waste) & generation of a small amount of construction waste, and disturbance to 3 houses located close to the site;
  • during operation: potentially increased generation of health care waste.

The building design should, if possible, include principles of low-carbon design, as well as taking into account the peculiarities of the island (strong winds, extreme weather events, sudden changes in temperature).

A comprehensive site-specific Environmental Management Plan (EMP) should be developed and adopted in order to mitigate the impacts identified. As a precautionary measure, it is also recommended that, as a precursor of the EMP, a detailed transect is conducted. Beyond this, no further more detailed assessment is required.

This report has been produced for Evidence on Demand with the assistance of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) contracted through the Climate, Environment, Infrastructure and Livelihoods Professional Evidence and Applied Knowledge Services (CEIL PEAKS) programme, jointly managed by DAI (which incorporates HTSPE Limited) and IMC Worldwide Limited.

Citation

di Bella, V. Environmental screening note for the proposed hospital development on Tristan da Cunha. Evidence on Demand, UK (2013) ii + 13 pp. [DOI: 10.12774/eod_hd.november2013.Bella]

Environmental screening note for the proposed hospital development on Tristan da Cunha.

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