Environmental damage may result because adverse impacts were previously unrecognised or inadequate resources provided for mitigating measures. Therefore examine:
- Is the project having any unforeseen environmental impacts?
- Are institutional structures and equipment in place to permit effective environmental monitoring during and after implementation?
- Are the mitigating measures defined during project formulation being fully implemented?
- Is there provision for ‘environmental flows’ of sufficient quantity and quality?
- Is the level and quality of environmental baseline data as required and does it take into account seasonal variations?
- Are the effects upstream and downstream of the project, especially of sediment and water quality and the related technical measures to protect natural resources being implemented?
- Review the environmental monitoring procedures and advise government as to their adequacy and sustainability.
- Review the implementation of mitigating measures to assess their adequacy, sustainability and acceptability.
- Check with stakeholder representatives to see if there are unforeseen environmental consequences. If necessary, define new mitigating actions.
- Ensure environmental flows and seasonal variations are considered.
- Ensure all required data is available, screened and quality assured before use.
- Ensure all upstream/downstream effects are duly considered and all measures are being implemented.