240507003547 - Application for Environmental Clearance Certificate (ECC) for Formalisation, Development and Operation of Sand and Gravel Construction Materials Borrow Pits at Masivi Village (Prospects 1 and 2), Naingopo Village (Old Borrow Pit 6 and Prospect 3), and

The Environmental Clearance Certificate (ECC) is required by the Proponent (Shambyu Traditional Authority) for Formalisation, Development and Operation of Sand and Gravel Construction Materials Borrow Pits at Masivi Village (Prospects 1 and 2), Naingopo Village (Old Borrow Pit 6 and Prospect 3), and Commercial Farm on Communal Land Farm 1529 (Prospect 4) Shambyu Traditional Authority Boundary, Kavango East Region. The Proponent is proposing to develop and operate formal borrows pits sites to be situated at Masivi Village (Prospects 1 and 2), Naingopo Village (Old Borrow Pit 6 and Prospect 3), and Commercial Farm on Communal Land Farm 1529 (Prospect 4) in to support infrastructural development and construction projects in the general area for the greater benefits of the local rural communities. The process of developing and operating multiple sand and gravel borrow pits involves the following stages: 1) Exploration, preconstruction and construction covering: • Site investigations to inform the borrow pit design and layout. • Engineering design of the pit areas. • General site clearing of the borrow pits areas. • Access roads upgrading of existing tracks / creation of new routes as may be required, and. • Implementation of the human resources, community and social programs for the operational phase of the project. 2) Operation, ongoing monitoring and ongoing rehabilitation covering: • Actual sand and gravel extraction process by investors / commercial clients. • Actual sand and gravel extraction process by local communities for own use. • Transportation of the materials from pit to the construction’s sites / village use. • Ongoing exploration support, ongoing rehabilitation and maintenance, and. • Solid and wastewater management and environmental performance monitoring. 3) Final rehabilitation, decommissioning closure and aftercare covering: • Reshaping of steep slopes of the open borrow pits into shallow angled gentle slopes. • Backfill all deep excavated areas, overall land reclamation, and. • Restoration of internal road, revegetation and aftercare as may be required and reshaping of steep slopes of the open borrow pits into shallow angled gentle slopes. Determining the most suitable borrow pit locations relies on suitability of the local material for use as construction materials, blend of topography, topsoil depth, positioning on-site to facilitate smooth construction, proximity to receptors, and, naturally, the materials characteristics. Soil stripping and extraction volumes are also assessed to determine potential lifespan of each borrow pit. Effective drainage, fostering a dry work area that optimises sand and gravel extraction and safeguards the water environment form part of the assessments. Overall likely sand or gravel development demand, topsoil depths, and nature of the materials at each site dictate the size, shape, and design of the borrow pit. Multiple pits have been proposed at various locations at Masivi Village (Prospects 1 and 2), Naingopo Village (Old Borrow Pit 6 and Prospect 3), and Commercial Farm on Communal Land Farm 1529 (Prospect 4) to streamline potential sites construction and minimise haulage distances as may be required by the potential investors or local people.

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