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Service // Knowledge & Accountability Management
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Associate // Environmental Centre IFPA Moscow

Project Location // Russia

Year // 2008

Natural Resouce Management


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In 2006 the Government of Russia developed a 'Federal Target Program' for Developing Sochi as a Mountain Climate Resort for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Environmental Centre IFPA, Ltd. won a vigorous tender process with the Government of Russia to carry out works on the site

Outline / Scope of Works:

Under the governmental program Environmental Centre IFPA has completed the following:

2006. A Strategic Environmental Assessment completed to international standards relating to candidate city bids.

2007. Developed an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) covering both existing and proposed new venues and taking into account functional zoning of Sochi National Park and other Specially Protected Nature Territories and other Russian and international environmental requirements.

The EIA was based upon a review of findings of several field studies conducted on location and various documents and reports supplied by design organisations. Remote-sensing and GIS methods were used in the EIA.

2007. Developed a System of Integrated Environmental Monitoring as a tool for surveillance of the entire environment in Sochi National Park and adjacent area both during the construction of Olympic sports and associated facilities and once they are up and running. The monitoring has included field research and satellite imaging and was made specific to each sports venue/tourist site, using GIS techniques where appropriate.

2008-2009. Conducted a comprehensive environmental survey across an area of around 60 km2 on the route of a combined automobile and rail line through a piedmont terrain upriver Mzymta. The route will connect the coastal resort of Adler to the upland Alpika Service mountain resort centre. This project is currently the most challenging out of those on the Olympic construction agenda. The road is 46 km long, of which over 10 km are railway tunnels (one being 4.2 km long) and over 7.5 km are automobile tunnels.

The area is a delicate environment, with most of the road length encroaching the territory of Sochi National Park 'permitted development' zones. Environmental Centre IFPA, Ltd carried out a diligent field study of the area's geology, hydrogeology, hydrology, soil patterns, land resources, flora, fauna, social implications, and sanitary aspects, and reviewed the project waste management options. Environmental damages were quantified, and Environmental Centre IFPA was then contracted for the development of the Environmental Protection Measures book for the project.

Outcome / Client Benefits:

Environmental Centre IFPA Ltd. is currently halfway through the project, and has received excellent feedback from the client. They have been asked to provide the environmental support for the construction of the road. This contract has just been signed and work will commence shortly.

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