Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is an important tool to inform deci sion-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.
Leading experts across various fields. The core faculty, however is drawn from CSE’s experienced research and programme staff. Visiting faculty and guest lecturers include working development professionals, eminent environmnimentalists, noted academicians from leading universities, grassroots activists and prominent policy makers, among 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 industrial and developmental 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.
M T D WANIGASINGHA: GEOLOGICAL SURVEY AND MINE BUREAU, July 22-26 , 2013: My expectations were fulfilled and such courses should be carried forward al over India
Liji Mary David: Space Physics Laboratory, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, ISRO, December 3-7, 2012- I certainly benefitted from the course. CSE has taken up a great initiative