The Environmental Assessment and Management Plan (EAMP), prepared by NTPC on the basis of a series of highly detailed supporting studies in the field of geology and hydrology. The EAMP concludes on the various biophysical effects of the Project.
The Social Development Plan (SDP), prepared by NTPC, and cumulating the original Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) and the Ethnic Minorities Development Plan for the Project Area (EMDP) prepared by Acres International and Norplan respectively. The SDP considers all biophysical effects that are described in the EAMP, anticipates how these effects will impact people livelihoods, and provides a detailed compensation plan.
The Social and Environmental Management Framework and Operational Plan (SEMFOP), prepared by independent experts for the Government of the Lao PDR. The SEMFOP contains information from the preliminary biodiversity area management plan prepared by the New York based NGO Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), as well as from the Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) - the original study prepared by International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for the watershed and Nakai-Nam Theun NBCA. The SEMFOP is specifically aimed at drawing a conservation plan for the Project watershed.
NTPC and the Lao government have amended the Concession Agreement, in particular its sections related to environmental and social obligations of the parties, pursuant to the with the recommendations of the Safeguards released during the second semester of 2004.
A high level of public consultations and disclosure has been a priority for the Government and the Sponsors to ensure that all affected people are fully informed of the Project and that the views of the affected population on the consequences of the Project are taken into consideration. Where relevant, the design of the Project has been amended to reflect any concerns, such as those related to the choice of location for the resettlement area.
In addition, extensive socio-economic surveys have been performed and are continuing on the population of both the Nakai Plateau and the downstream Gnommalath and Xe Bang Fai areas. Overall, more than 200 local, national, and international consultations and workshops about the Project and Project related issues have been conducted since 1997.