CSE’s short-term EIA train­ing pro­gramme

UN­DER­STAND­ING EIA: FROM SCREEN­ING TO DE­CI­SION MAK­ING

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En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact As­sess­ment (EIA) is an im­por­tant tool to in­form de­ci­sion-mak­ers, reg­u­la­tors and stake­hold­ers, about the pos­si­ble en­vi­ron­men­tal, so­cial and eco­nomic costs of the pro­posed pro­ject. To be ef­fec­tive, it re­quires the ac­tive in­volve­ment of all con­cerned stake­hold­ers.

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, es­pe­cially af­ter the new EIA no­ti­fi­ca­tion. At the same time, there is a need among CBO, NGOs, aca­demi­cians, and en­vi­ron­ment man­agers to re­view and in­ter­pret EIA re­port, as they are tech­ni­cal in na­ture.

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 coal based power plant, ce­ment, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal, min­ing and oth­ers. Af­ter the pro­gramme,

the par­tic­i­pants shall have: 1. Ex­po­sure to all as­pects of EIA, 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 im­pact of 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 in­dus

trial and de­vel­op­men­tal projects 4. Bet­ter abil­ity to re­view EIA re­ports and iden­tify its strengths and weak

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

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