Key Skills: Environmental Investigation, Environmental Assessment, Environmental Monitoring and Mitigation, Environmental Management
Salil Devkota has over 18 years of experience in multiple aspects of environmental consulting with emphasis in environmental assessments, environmental monitoring, designing and implementation of environmental mitigation measures for large hydropower projects, and preparation of environmental documents. Mr. Devkota has prepared several environmental assessment reports for large hydropower projects in Nepal. In addition, he is responsible for preparing reports meeting IFC performance standards for hydropower projects in Nepal. He has completed numerous environmental assessment and impact statements for hydropower, road, commercial complex, health care institutions, hotels and resorts, and parks. Mr Devkota holds a bachelor in engineering from Mysore, India and a Masters in Environmental Policy and Management from University of Denver, Colorado, USA.
He is responsible for the administration of all projects from proposal preparation to final close out. He is responsible for the development of the technical approach for proposal, interfaces with client, and various disciplines (i.e engineers, ecologists, surveying, planning etc), on technical design on scheduling, is responsible for QA/QC, and works with regulatory/GoN agencies on securing timely approvals. He has project implementation experience in major projects of Nepal namely; Kali Gandaki Hydroelectric Project, and Melamchi Water Supply Project. Besides he has worked in a capacity of environmental specialist with the World Bank, and ADB responsible for ensuring environmental and social safeguard compliances in projects funded by them. He was appointed as Task Force Member on Environment, Ministry of Population and Environment (March 1997 – Feb., 1998) and Environment advisor, National Planning Commission (NPC), Government of Nepal for preparation of Ninth Plan in the areas of environment, agriculture, water supply & sanitation and forestry sectors (Sept., 1996 – May 1998).
Some of the key assignments completed by Mr. Salil Devkota as a coordinator / Environmental Engineer with relevance to the proposed project are: Nationwide Master Plan Study on Storage Type Hydro electric Power Development in Nepal (for 10 reservoir projects, clients; JICA and NEA), EIA of Upper Karnali HEP (900 MW), EIA of Upper Marsyangdi HEP (600 MW), , IEE/EIA of Kabeli ‘A” Hydropower Project, ; Preparation of Resettlement and Rehabilitation Plan for Gautam Buddha International Airport (ADB RETA-6504, 2009) client: ADB, Environmental Impact Assessment Study of RGHEP – 110 MW Hydroelectric Project (RGHEP), Chilime Hydropower Company (Pvt.) Ltd., (April 2009 – May 2010); Environmental Impact Assessment Study of Kaligandaki Upper Hydropower Project (KGUHPP), Trade Link Global Pvt. Ltd.; (May 2009 – May 2010);
Melamchi Water Supply Project, Updating study on the residing population/households within the submergence area of 10800 MW Karnali- chisapani multipurpose project reservoir, Updating of Resettlement Costs of 10800 MW Karnali Chisapani Multipurpose Project, Prepared “National Environmental Guideline for School Improvement and Facility Management in Nepal”, prepared “National Hospital Waste Management Guidelines and Training Manual” for Nepal); compliance monitoring during construction of Kali Gandaki “A” Hydroelectric Project He has played a major role as environmental engineer for the successful completion of 144 MW Kali Gandaki “A’ Hydroelectric Project in Nepal.