Down to Earth

Training programme on SOCIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT


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, public 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. Better understand­ing of SIA • How to make Term of References (ToRs) • Reconnaiss­ance and baseline survey — data need, data collection, collation and

interpreta­tion • Developmen­t of tools and instrument­s to conduct SIA surveys • Effective assessment and reporting methodolog­ies 3. Filling the Socio-Economic survey questionna­ire 4. Asset evaluation 5. Preparatio­n of entitlemen­t matrix 6. Review of SIA reports 7. CSR framework, its reporting and case studies 8. Post monitoring. All this would be covered through lectures, exhaustive class exercises, discussion­s and roleplay

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