CSE’s short-term train­ing pro­gramme

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In­dia has about 3.3 mil­lion kilo­me­ters of road net­work, which is the sec­ond largest in the world. Apart from the de­vel­op­ment and growth that th­ese projects bring, they also have ad­verse en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial im­pacts. En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact As­sess­ment (EIA) is an im­por­tant tool to in­form decision-mak­ers, reg­u­la­tors and stake­hold­ers, about the pos­si­ble en­vi­ron­men­tal, so­cial and eco­nomic costs of such projects.

There is a gen­uine need to de­velop the ca­pac­ity of the state-level reg­u­la­tors and state level ex­pert ap­praisal Com­mit­tee (SEAC) to screen and scope the EIA process, to con­duct trans­par­ent pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions and to eval­u­ate the EIA re­ports. At the same time, there is a need among road and high­way au­thor­i­ties, con­sul­tants, CBO, NGOs, aca­demi­cians, and en­vi­ron­men­tal man­agers to learn best prac­tices, pre­pare com­pre­hen­sive EIA re­ports; re­view and in­ter­pret EIA re­ports.

Cen­tre for Sci­ence and En­vi­ron­ment recog­nises this need and has de­vel­oped a hands-on five-day train­ing pro­gramme aimed at giv­ing prac­ti­cal ex­po­sure to par­tic­i­pants on EIA with spe­cific ref­er­ence to road and high­way projects. After the pro­gramme, the par­tic­i­pants shall have 1. Ex­po­sure to all as­pects of EIA in con­text with road and high­way projects,

from its the­ory to the prac­ti­cal – such as bet­ter un­der­stand­ing re­gard­ing: • What data is re­quired, how this data should be col­lected and in­ter­preted,

and sig­nif­i­cance of the data • Ef­fec­tive­ness of the as­sess­ment meth­ods • What is­sues should be ad­dressed in the Terms of Ref­er­ence (TOR) • Tools and thumb rules avail­able to eval­u­ate the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts of

road and high­way projects 2. Bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the EIA process – from screen­ing, scop­ing, data

col­lec­tion to im­pact as­sess­ment as well as the role of pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion 3. Bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial im­pacts of the road

and high­way projects 4. Bet­ter abil­ity to re­view EIA re­ports and iden­tify its strengths and

weak­nesses 5. In­creased abil­ity to play ac­tive role in post-EIA mon­i­tor­ing.

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