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Diamer Basha Dam Environmental Social Impact Assessment

Helping USAID understand regional, provincial, local, and riparian impacts and risks of building a multi-purpose mega-dam in Pakistan

  • $16M

    USD ESIA Effort

  • 160


  • Indus River, Pakistan

    Indus River, Pakistan

Navigating complex environmental and social impacts associated with building large-scale infrastructure

Our team was selected by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Pakistan to lead a comprehensive environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) for the Diamer Basha Dam Project (DBDP). When built, this dam will be vital to Pakistan’s future water, food, and energy security.

For this multi-year effort, we mobilized a team of 160 technical experts and support staff to work on the ESIA and help USAID and the Government of Pakistan (GoP) better understand the complex impacts a large-scale dam would have on the surrounding communities. Using international standards for environmental and social performance, we assessed a wide range of issues in light of global climate change (GCC), glacial hazards, and trans-boundary effects. We also considered aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity, socioeconomics, emergency preparedness, cultural heritage, resettlement, and gender equality and social inclusion. 

Through our longstanding commitment to quality, we delivered environmentally and technically sound advice and are now contributing to continuing related efforts. We are part of a recently awarded joint venture (JV) contract for the dam’s construction design, construction supervision, and contract administration.

At a Glance

Meet Our Team

Loren Labovitch, Vice President, Regional Leader, International Development Group (North America)

As trusted advisors and partners, we strive to have a positive and lasting impact for our clients, the environment, and the communities where we work.
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Patrick Hartel , Vice President, Power & Dams

My career-long focus has been to provide sound, cost-effective solutions that start with a smart design process and allow our clients to be successful.
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Manoshree Sundaram , Vice President, Power & Dams

Relationships form the core of every aspect of my work. My focus is listening to clients and learning how my teams can collaborate to help.
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Manoj Bhattarai, Principal Engineer

I believe we inspire confidence by managing projects with sound planning. We strive to understand our industry as well as our client’s needs.

Loren Labovitch

Vice President, Regional Leader, International Development Group (North America)

Patrick Hartel

Vice President, Power & Dams

Manoshree Sundaram

Vice President, Power & Dams

Manoj Bhattarai

Principal Engineer

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