Train­ing pro­gramme on SO­CIAL IM­PACT AS­SESS­MENT

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Cen­tre for Sci­ence and En­vi­ron­ment recog­nises So­cial Im­pact As­sess­ment (SIA) as an im­por­tant tool to in­form de­ci­sion mak­ers, reg­u­la­tors and stake­hold­ers about the pos­si­ble so­cial and eco­nomic im­pacts of a de­vel­op­ment project. To be ef­fec­tive, SIA re­quires the ac­tive in­volve­ment of all con­cerned stake­hold­ers. CSE has de­vel­oped a five-day train­ing pro­gramme aimed at giv­ing prac­ti­cal ex­po­sure to par­tic­i­pants on SIA with spe­cific ref­er­ence to in­fra­struc­ture, mining and other in­dus­trial pro­jects.

The pro­gramme is de­signed based on the new Act, “The Right to Fair Com­pen­sa­tion and Trans­parency in Land Ac­qui­si­tion, Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and Re­set­tle­ment Act, 2013”.

The ob­jec­tive of this pro­gramme is to build a cadre of trained pro­fes­sional who can con­duct and re­view SIA re­ports. The pro­gramme will also im­part un­der­stand­ing of the is­sues and chal­lenges in land ac­qui­si­tion, en­hance skills in so­cio-eco­nomic sur­veys, con­sul­ta­tions, data col­lec­tion, plan­ning land ac­qui­si­tion and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and re­set­tle­ment plan. The course would also dis­cuss ap­pli­ca­ble cen­tral/state laws such as Pan­chayat (Ex­ten­sion to Sched­uled Ar­eas) Act (PESA), The For­est Rights Act, 2006, and the Com­pa­nies Acts, 2013.

What par­tic­i­pants will learn?

1. Land con­flicts, land clas­si­fi­ca­tion, land rights and gov­er­nance 2. How land con­flicts de­lay de­vel­op­ment pro­jects 3. Bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of SIA How to de­velop Terms of Ref­er­ence (ToR) Prepa­ra­tion of land ac­qui­si­tion plan Tools and tech­niques to con­duct SIA sur­veys Fill­ing the So­cio-Eco­nomic sur­vey ques­tion­naire, col­la­tion and in­ter­pre­ta­tion of data Cat­e­go­riza­tion of im­pact and de­ter­min­ing its sig­nif­i­cance 4. As­set eval­u­a­tion (mov­able and im­mov­able prop­erty) 5. Es­ti­ma­tion of com­pen­sa­tion and R&R pack­age as per new Act 6. De­vel­op­ment of en­ti­tle­ment frame­work, bud­get­ing and griev­ance re­dress 7. Learn­ing from good case stud­ies – man­age­ment of Com­mon Prop­erty Re­sources (CPR) 8. Learn­ing from case study – Re­lo­ca­tion and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of non-ti­tle holder 9. Struc­ture of SIA re­port 10. Re­view of SIA re­port

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