Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology. A Guide to Environmental Management Plan of Hydropower Projects. Kathmandu: Government of Nepal, Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology, 2006.
From the Preface:
"Integration of environmental aspects into development programmes and projects has been a part and parcel of environmental management. In Nepal, this integration has been ensured through environmental assessment - commonly understood as a planning and management tool for the last 25 years. A number of policies and legislations are in place to make the development proposals environment-friendly and sustainable and make effective use of this tool.
After the enforcement of the Environment Protection Act, 1996 and its Rules, 1997, the preparation and implementation of the Environmental Management Plan (EMP) has been an integral part of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report. The Plan provides guidance to implement the benefits enhancement measures and adverse impacts mitigation measures along with the conduction of the environmental monitoring and auditing.
The Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology (MoEST) has undertaken necessary steps to improve the quality of EIA report and facilitate for its effective implementation. In this venture, the Ministry has developed this EMP Guide to encourage the project proponent and investors to understand about its essential components and to prepare and submit a practical and implementable management plan as a part of EIA report. This Guide has been developed as a part of the project on Regulating and Monitoring Capacity Building for EIA of hydropower projects in Nepal. The Project has been implemented with the generous financial assistance of the Royal Norwegian Government and technical inputs of the Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management."