CAO Cases

Arne Hoel, The World Bank

Latin America & the Caribbean

Costa Rica / Reventazon HPP-01/Siquirres

Complainant
Local community members
Date Filed
September 13, 2016
Concerns
Biodiversity, natural habitats, environment
Case Status
Open - Compliance
 

Synopsis

Project Overview 

IFC’s active project consists in the development, construction and operation of a 305.5 MW hydropower generation plant in the Reventazón river basin located in Siquirres, province of Limón, Costa Rica. The project is expected to generate around 1,400 GWh annually once operational.  IFC’s commitment is a US$100 million A loan.

 

Complaint 

The complaint was filed by a group of land owners neighboring the project. The complaint raises concerns related to impacts on biodiversity and the environment, natural habitats, project due diligence, and ultimately whether the environmental impacts were considered appropriately in the project. 

 

CAO Action

CAO found the complaint eligible for further assessment in September 2016 and is in contact with the relevant parties. 

 

Status

CAO has concluded its assessment. Due to lack of agreement between the parties on pursuing a dispute resolution process facilitated by CAO, the complaint has been referred for a compliance appraisal of IFC’s due diligence.

 

Note: A CAO assessment does not entail a judgment on the merits of complaints. Rather, the aim is to listen to people's concerns, understand the different perspectives, and determine what options are available to address the complaint through CAO's Dispute Resolution and Compliance functions. 

 

Status as of April 06, 2017

Project information

Institution
IFC
Project Name & Number
Reventazon HPP 31383
Department
Infrastructure
Company
Fideicomiso Uno P.H. Reventazon /I.C.E./ Scotiaban
Sector
Large Hydro - Renewable Energy Generation
Region
Latin America & the Caribbean
Country
Costa Rica
Environmental Category
A
Commitment
US$100 million A loan

Case Tracker

Ombudsman

  • Eligible: Completed
  • Assessment Period: Completed

Compliance

  • Under Appraisal: In Process