Ngonye Falls Heritage Impact Assessment

Published : 06/2014

The document is a Heritage Impact Assessment conducted by the National Heritage Conservation Commission in June 2014 for the Ngonye Falls Hydroelectricity Power Project. Its aim was to identify and assess the potential impacts of the project on archaeological, historical, ecological, and geomorphological sites within the area.

It includes sections such as executive summary, acknowledgements, introduction, scope of works, study area, and conclusions. Additionally, it provides details on project background, location, description, activities, and timing.

Methodologies used for the assessment comprised literature review, stakeholder consultations, oral interviews, and field surveys. The report discusses the study’s limitations and presents information on various aspects of the study area, including historical setting, socio-economic environment, climate, hydrology, geology, vegetation, and wildlife.

Findings focus on the geomorphological, ecological, and archaeological aspects of surveyed sections, particularly highlighting Ngonye Falls and their surroundings. Identified negative impacts of the project include reduced water flow, inundation, sedimentation, and visual pollution, while positive impacts encompass improved visibility, rehabilitation of cultural sites, employment opportunities, grid extension, and contribution to carbon goals.

Recommendations for the project include the establishment of an information exhibition center, cultural site preservation, community collaboration, and implementation of environmental management and monitoring plans.