In implementing the Argyle International Airport project, one of the responsibilities of the International Airport Development Company (IADC) is to identify and assess the potential environmental impacts of the airport and to put measures in place to prevent or reduce the negative impacts and amply the positive ones.
In consideration of its responsibility, IADC signed a contract with Kocks Consult GMBH of Germany in September 2007, to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the airport construction. Kocks Consult is a highly recognised international firm with proven expertise in making environmental impact assessments of airport projects.
The main objective of the EIA is to ensure that the Argyle International Airport project is environmentally sound and sustainable; that decision-making is improved through appropriate analysis of actions and their likely environmental impacts; and that stakeholders/potentially affected people are properly consulted.
The firm, Kocks Consult GMBH, contracted by the IADC to carry out an environmental impact assessment (EIA) of the Argyle International Airport, submitted its final comprehensive report in June 2008. As part of the process of implementing the proposals contained in the final report, IADC assigned an in-house Environmental Auditor to lead a team of professionals drawn from other government agencies and civic society organisations to put together and implement an environmental monitoring plan.
On the request of the government, the Cuban Environmental Agency agreed to assist with the development of the Environmental Management Plan and train the persons involved in the implementation of this plan. The Environmental Monitoring Team’s role is to ensure that adequate measures are put in place and the engineering work plans are designed and executed in a manner to mitigate against all adverse consequences to the environment from the construction of the international airport.
Team members from, CITMA, the Cuban Environmental Agency arrived in the state on January 20th, 2009 to continue their assistance in developing and implementing an Environmental Monitoring Plan. The group activities focussed on monitoring the migratory birds on the Milligan Cay. This team also includes Hydrologists who are carrying out hydro-geological studies.