One month training programme on Environment and Social Impact Assessment
Date: 16 January-16 February, 2012 Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and Social Impact Assessment (SIA) are important tools to foresee and address potential environmental, social and
economic problems at an early stage of project planning and design. A well conceptualized and executed EIA/SIA report allows project proponents to reduce the
negative aspects of the project. It also enables stakeholders to understand the project and its likely consequences, and allows them to participate and intervene in various stages of project development.
Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), with an objective to enhance the capacity of the stakeholders involved in EIA, launched its first EIA training programme in 2006. More than 20 EIA training programmes have been conducted since. They have received a positive response from students, academics, NGOs, regulatory institutions, environment consultants and industries. CSE has also conducted EIA training programmes in South Asia in collaboration with regulatory agencies such as the Central Environment Authority (CEA) Sri Lanka, Department of Environment (DOE) Bangladesh and National Environment Commission (NEC) Bhutan.
The month-long EIA/SIA training programme is intended to add value to the knowledge and expertise of the participants.
The minerals sector is a key driver for the country’s industrial growth. However, it has brought in its wake severe environmental repercussions and social conflicts. One of the greatest challenges, therefore, is how to make mining environmentally and socially acceptable. Unfortunately, most EIA/SIA reports either overlook or poorly interpret the critical issues related to a mining project.