DAMAC Properties contracted Environics to conduct an IEIA for the planned tourism project at Gamsha Bay, on the coast of the northern Red Sea, Egypt.
The proposed project included: residential villas; town houses; apartments along with hotels and beach resorts; commercial amenities; entertainment and sports activities, waterways and canals (artificial lagoons), and beach front activities.
The project’s Baseline Survey comprised:
Physical components: climate; air quality & noise; the site’s geomorphology, geology, & hydrology, and oceanographic conditions.
Biological components: terrestrial and marine ecologies.
Separate detailed survey of the coral patches facing the project site, a necessary supplement given the unique location of the project.
Socio-economic component: population; transportation; economic activities; stakeholder consultation, and public disclosure.
Environmental sensitivity map of the project area, which identified potentialities & constraints.
The IESIA was based on the final project MP, to which Environics also contributed through revising drafts. The IEIA included:
Legislative and regulatory framework.
Detailed compilation of baseline environmental and social survey.
Analysis of alternatives of the project’s components, namely, the lagoon system, the desalination plant, the sewage treatment and sewerage system, and flood protection measures.
Assessment of project’s environmental impacts.
Environmental Management Plan (EMP) that summarized the mitigation measures and provided details for the management practices, the monitoring plan, capacity building and training, the environmental register, and the plan review & development.