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Draft Report – Cumulative Impact Assessment of Geothermal Resources in Turkey, EBRD

Draft Report Cumulative Impact Assessment of Geothermal Resources in Turkey (screenshot)
Alexander Richter 24 Aug 2020

A draft report on the "Cumulative Impact Assessment of Geothermal Resources in Turkey" has been released as part of technical cooperation agreement signed between Turkey and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) with the financial support provided by the European Union.

Within the scope of the technical cooperation agreement signed between The Ministry of Environment and Urbanization of the Republic of Turkey and  the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) with the financial support provided by the European Union to the EBRD through the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA), the “Turkey: Development of Cumulative Impact Assessment of Geothermal Resources” project was launched

The project aims evaluating cumulative impacts of existing and planned geothermal energy power plants in Turkey together with other industries and agricultural activities on the regional basis, providing analytical support to the Government of Turkey in developing of a holistic strategic plan for the sustainable use of geothermal resources, providing effective use of EIA processes and development of environmental & social policies and assisting the implementation of recommended policies.

With the outputs of the project; it is aimed to provide support to competent authorities, project developers and investors (including lenders) to minimize environmental and social impacts of geothermal resources use and to assess the limitations to be considered when developing projects. The main objectives of the project are as follows;

  • To identify and evaluate the potential environmental impacts of any activity in the implementation of geothermal power plants and limitations on the use of natural resources,
  • To provide necessary information to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization (MoEU) and other stakeholders to examine the adequacy of environmental and social assessment factors in the implementation of the strategic plans and policies on geothermal resource use,
  • To assess how technical, environmental and social challenges are managed and to provide strategic recommendations on how to minimize potential negative impacts and increase positive impacts regarding the use of sustainable geothermal resources.

The outputs of the Project:

1. The Best Practice Guide – This brochure will provide a practical guidance to the Ministry (MoEU), local authorities, developers and lenders on how to develop project and what mitigation measures to be consider.

2. The final Cumulative Impact Assessment (CIA) report – A Cumulative Impact Assessment report will be prepared to assess the possible environmental and socio-economic impacts of the existing and planned geothermal power plants and other activities on the valuable environmental resources in the Project area.

3. Report on Public Consultation – The Consultant will provide the Bank and MoEU with a concise report; summarizing this consultation process of the CIA document and results of the meetings.

In July 2020, the second phase output of the project “Draft Cumulative Impact Assessment (CIA) Report” (pdf) has been published. A 45-day stakeholder consultation process has been launched for the Draft CIA Report.

The report has been prepared with the financial support provided by the European Union to the EBRD through the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA). The views expressed in this report are the views of the Project Consultant and cannot in any way be deemed to reflect the opinion of the European Union and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Source: Jeotermal ETKI