EIA and ancillary studies for the rehabilitation of Berbera fishing port, Somaliland
Adi Associates has been awarded a contract by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment and ancillary studies for the rehabilitation of the fishing port of Berbera in Somaliland, East Africa.
The project, which commenced in January 2015, includes a topographic survey of the port area and its surroundings, a bathymetric survey of the fishing port’s basin, a geotechnical survey, which will include drilling of boreholes, sampling of seabed sediments and a sub-bottom profile survey, and the EIA itself. The fishing port of Berbera is currently used solely by small artisanal fishing boats as the basin is silted up following years of sediment shifting due to the action of the monsoons. The project aims to dredge the basin to -5 m water depth to allow the larger fishing vessels to gain access to the shore facilities. A later stage of the project will also create a deepwater quay, slipway and lifting facilities, workshops and processing areas. The entire project is part of a wider vision to facilitate and enhance the community’s economic prosperity and allowing the fishing industry in the area to grow.
The EIA findings will be important not only in mitigating environmental impacts, but also to source funding for the dredging works. The studies are co-financed by the FAO and the Norwegian Fund. In delivering the assignment, Adi Associates is working closely with the FAO Somalia office in Hargeisa, Somaliland and the municipality of Berbera City. It is assisted in the survey work by Geo-mara Ltd of Galway, Ireland, Ecoserv Ltd and Terracore Ltd of Malta, and Ihsan Drilling & Contracting Company and Gollis University of Hargeisa, Somaliland.