Reventazon Hydroelectric Power Project - Request V

Country: Costa Rica

Reception date: August 7, 2017

Current Status:  Open


Three residents of San Joaquín de Siquirres, Costa Rica.

Summary of the Request

The Requesters allege damage to their property and economic loss, connected with the Reventazon Hydroelectric Power Project. Specifically, the Requesters claim that by expropriating part of the farm, the project cut-off the access to the aquifers that previously supplied water to the entire property and were used for different productive activities such as agriculture irrigation and water for their livestock. The above, per the Request, has caused significant economic losses and harm to the Requesters’ health.

This Request is linked to request MICI-IDB-CR-2016-0112, which was declared ineligible because the Requestors had not had prior contact with Management.

Recent actions

As a result of a series of dialogues and analysis facilitated by MICI, on April 12, 2018, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), the Requesters and the Administration of the IDB Group reached an agreement to provide a comprehensive solution that allows the restoration of access to water for animal troughs and irrigation of the Requester’s property. The Parties requested the confidentiality of the agreement.


On June 5, 2018, with the approval by the Executive Board of the monitoring plan proposed by MICI, the monitoring stage of the agreements began.

Past actions

On August 10 2017, MICI notified the Requesters and Bank Management that the Request was registered.

On February 1, 2018, MICI determined that the Request was eligible because it met all the eligibility criteria established in the MICI Policy.

Regarding those operations that are relevant to the MICI process, this determination excludes transaction (CR-T1074) where exclusion 19 paragraph (f) applies because the Request was submitted 24 months after the last disbursement. Also, regarding the topics addressed in the Request, the access to drinking water was solved by Management, therefore it is excluded from the MICI process.

This determination of eligibility is not an assessment of the merits of the Request or of the issues contained therein. It also does not represent an approval to investigate the compliance or non-compliance of the Bank with its Relevant Operational Policies.

The Request was transferred to the Consultation Phase following the request of the Requesters to manage the case by both Phases of the MICI process.

Project Number:


Other related projects:

CR-L1056, CR-T1074

Environmental Category:


Project Name:

Power Sector Development Program 2012-2016 (Reventazon Hydroelectric Project)



Project Type:

Loan Operation

IDB Financing:


Consultation Process
Recommendation for a CR and ToRs
CR Report


Consultation Phase (CP)

Compliance Review Phase (CRP)

Chronology and documents

Steps and milestones Date Remarks Documents

Request Receipt

August 7,2017

Requests of a confidential nature are not published.

Notice of Registration

August 10,2017

5 business days from the date of receipt of the Request or 15 business days when further information is required from the Requesters.


Management Response

September 11,2017

21 business days from the date of notice of registration. The response will be published as an annex to the Eligibility Memorandum.

Eligibility due date

February 1,2018

21 business days from the date of receipt of Management Response or 45 business days after the Suspension is granted.

Eligibility MemorandumPublic Disclosure

February 15,2018

As per the Access to Information Policy (OP-102) the disclosure of this document is done simultaneous to its distribution to the Board of Executive Directors.


Deadline for Assessment

June 5,2018

40 business days from the date of issuance of the eligibility memorandum.

Assessment Report Public Disclosure

June 6,2018

As per the Access to Information Policy (OP-102) the disclosure of this document is done simultaneous to its distribution to the Board of Executive Directors.


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