Forest City On-Track, Following Approval of DEIA and EMP

Forest City On-Track, Following Approval of DEIA and EMP
 
Johor Bahru, 26 March 2015: Country Garden Holdings Ltd. and Esplanade Danga 88 Sdn. Bhd., the joint venture partners that formed Country Garden Pacificview (CGPV) to deliver the Forest City development project, today moved to issue clarification over the project’s status.
 
Datuk Othman, Executive Director of CGPV “Construction work on the Forest City project voluntarily ceased on 16 June 2014 in order for us to conduct, and get approvals from the Department of Environment (DoE), for the Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (DEIA) and Environmental Management Plan (EMP). Approval was granted in January 2015 and February 2015 respectively. Given that all necessary documents have been submitted and approved, the project has recommenced, is on track and does not expect any further cessation.”
 
“During the construction period, we will ensure that all environmental preservation, safety, health and environment related measures will be DoE compliant and implemented according to our EMP to minimise inconvenience to the community and environment. These measures include the installation of a double silt curtain and a daily water monitoring system to ensure no major or sustained anomalies were found in the water readings,” added Datuk Othman.
 
Country Garden Pacificview Sdn Bhd encourages all readers or interested parties to visit its microsite cgpvforestcity.wordpress.com or contact the company at countrygardenmalaysia@gmail.com or to askus@countrygarden.com.my for more information.
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Forest City Project Recommences as Country Garden Pacificview Prioritises Environmental Mitigation Measures

Forest City Project Recommences as Country Garden Pacificview Prioritises Environmental Mitigation Measures

 
Kuala Lumpur, 19 March 2015– Country Garden Pacificview (CGPV), the master developer for the Forest City project, is pleased to announce that construction work on the project has recommenced following the Department of Environment (DoE)’s approval on its Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (DEIA) in January 2015 and Environmental Management Plan in February 2015.
 
Covering a total of 3,425 acres, the 4 man-made island Forest City project will be reclaimed in four phases: Island 1, 979 acres; Island 2, 1896 acres; Island 3, 405 acres; and Island 4, 145 acres. The topside development will also be developed concurrently during the reclamation phase of each island. The project is estimated to be completed in 2045.
 
Speaking at the media briefing, Datuk Md. Othman Yusof, Executive Director of CGPV, said: “We are pleased to be able to recommence our work, and, with our proven track record and quality of delivery, we are confident that the project will be completed within our timeline.”
 
In line with its commitment to preserve the environment and ensuring all mitigation measures are in place prior to the recommencement of work, CGPV voluntarily stopped work eight months ago to conduct the DEIA. The DEIA covers measures to minimise or mitigate environmental impacts through integrated and workable solutions, approved by the DoE.
 
“Naturally, during the 20-year construction period, various environmental preservation, safety, health and environment related measures will be implemented according to our EMP to minimise inconvenience to the community and environment.
 
“These measures include the installation of a double silt curtain and a daily water monitoring system to ensure no major or sustained anomalies were found in the water readings. These procedures were implemented to contain and control the dispersion of sedimentation, as well as to preserve the sea grass in the area.
 
“It is also our upmost priority to keep the public informed and ensure that their daily lives will not be disrupted by the project. CGPV will continue its engagement with the community to ensure that their feedback is taken into consideration throughout this development,” Datuk Othman added.

Country Garden Pacificview Confirms Environmental Compliance and Calls for Investigation, Not Speculation on Cause of Fish Death

COUNTRY GARDEN PACIFICVIEW CONFIRMS ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE AND CALLS FOR INVESTIGATION, NOT SPECULATION ON CAUSE OF FISH DEATH

No major or sustained anomalies in water readings which could potentially point to the death of the fish
 
Johor Bahru: March 15, 2015 – Environment monitoring company Asian Environmental Solutions Sdn. Bhd., today said, “From a water quality perspective, we have been carrying out tests on a daily and monthly basis for the past year and there have been no major or sustained anomalies in the readings which could potentially point to the death of the fish. There could be quite a number of causes, including upstream pollution or a seasonal phenomenon known as plankton bloom.”
 
Last week saw media coverage over the ‘plankton bloom’ phenomenon which has also effected fish stocks and aqua-culture in neighbouring Singapore. Plankton bloom is a phenomenon that occurs periodically and cyclically, during droughts and dry spells such as is being observed in the Johor Straits currently. The phenomenon sees the plankton absorbing more oxygen from the water than normal, ultimately causing the fish to suffocate.
 
Speaking for Country Garden Pacificview Sdn Bhd, Datuk Md Othman, Executive Director said, “It is important to remember that CGPV voluntarily stopped work eight months ago, while we conducted a ‘Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment’ (DEIA). We did this voluntarily so that could be certain that we were working with the environment and not against it. In the planning of the project, we have invested heavily in research to understand every detail such as sediment flow and the hydro-dynamic-impact of our project’s shape, so that we could protect elements of the environment such as sea-grass. The DEIA, which covers the measures proposed to minimise or mitigate environmental impacts through integrated and workable solutions, reaffirmed that our guidelines and standards were compliant.”
 
“With the release and validation of the DEIA, we are only now beginning to prepare for full recommencement of work later in the year. When we do recommence, we will continue to be compliant to the guidelines and work well within the best-practice-standards. It is important to carry out a proper investigation by a marine specialist to try to ascertain the actual cause of death of the fish rather than make a speculative assumption without proper verification.”