Title:
Environmental Impact Assessment of the Paralimni Marina Project – Marine Environment

Duration:
ca 5 months (June 2018 – December 2018)

Funded by:
Private Entity

Project Description:
MER has been assigned by a private entity to  implement the collection of data and write-up of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the construction of the Paralimni Marina Project and its related impacts to the marine environment.

Our work will be split into two stages:

i) Implement the marine EBS that will include bibliographic and primary data

In this stage, a bibliographic review will be conducted to assess the biodiversity, and particularly the priority habitats and species of the area. In addition, a range of field activities will be conducted and several data will be collected. Among other, bathymetry and priority habitats will be mapped using aerial and acoustic devices, targeted point samplings will be used to evaluate the abundance and richness of macroscopic species, the ecological status of Posidonia oceanica meadows will be assessed, macrofauna samples will be analysed and physico-chemical analyses of the water and sediment will be conducted (e.g. deployment of CTD Idronaut 316 Plus, collection of water using Van Dorm sampler, analyses of heavy metals, turbidity, TOC, DO, bacteria, and nutrients).

ii) Environmental Baseline Survey (EBS) and Impact Evaluation Assessment of the impacts to the marine biota from constructing and operating the Paralimni Marina Project.

All the results will be integrated into a report that will form the marine environmental baseline survey. Summary and conclusions will evaluate and highlight the biodiversity features most likely to be impacted. The assessment will be based on modelling results, and using as a basis the results of the marine EBS. In the context of the EIA we will propose mitigation measures, monitoring protocols and restoration practices.