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
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
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
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.
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]