Social and Environmental Assessment

Global review of EIA procedures for aquaculture. Review, editing, workshops. F or Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. 2008

Location/relocation of fish farms - strategic environmental assessment. For the Scottish Executive. Requested to assist the executive in the development of a report to meet the requirements of the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes (Scotland) Regulations 2004, and to provide a document which clearly sets out the issues of relocation to which stakeholders will be able to respond through a consultation process.

Social, economic and environmental impacts of Scottish Natural Heritage activity and land designations. In asscociation with Nautilus Consultants for Scottish Natural Heritage. This study developed a simple framework and associated set of indicators for illustrating and assessing the impacts of selected SNH activities and designations. The work included a rigorous workshop with relevant SNH staff and preliminary testing of the framework through extensive consultation and appraisal of supporting data and information. The framework will be thoroughly field tesed in a follow-on contract.

Ha Tinh Poverty Alleviation Programme - infrastructure component
Strengthening environmental management capacity

In the late ‘90s DFID funded a £4m poverty alleviation programme in Ha Tinh province, Vietnam. The programme covered significant infrastructure improvements including roads, irrigation systems and sea dykes. The consultants, under the auspices of the Asian Institute of Technology, were asked to review possible environmental impacts of the programme and make detailed recommendations for the content and implementation of an environmental management plan and monitoring programme.

Implications of globalisation for the role of aquaculture in poverty alleviation in developing countries and opportunities for "pro-poor" growth. Contracted to write a short discussion paper and identify research and application needs. Client: Department of International Development Aquaculture and Fish genetics research Programme.

Development of guidelines and training resource materials for the environmental assessment of coastal aquaculture
Client: Secretariat for East African Coastal Area Management (SEACAM).
This project involved a global review of existing guidelines for environmental assessment, and in particular those related to aquaculture. A set of composite guidelines was prepared, supplemented with a series of case studies of the application of EA to aquaculture in different parts of the world. A set of appendices provided detailed advice on opportunities and techniques for the mitigation of the environmental effects of coastal aquaculture. The comprehensive technical guidelines were then supplemented with the production of a short illustrated summary guide for policy makers and decision makers. See Reports and Papers page.

Initial Environmental Assessment, Prawntan Shrimp Farming Project, Tanzania.
Client: NORAD.
The consultants undertook an initial environmental assessment of a 600ha shrimp farming project located on the Ruvu River, near Bagamoyo, Tanzania. The assessment followed NORAD (Norwegian Development Aid) Environmental Assessment guidelines, and provided a detailed assessment of likely impacts on river water quality, coastal fisheries, and mangrove habitats. Recommendations for mitigation of environmental impacts in terms of design and operation were presented.

Environmental Assessment of Fish Farming in Scotland
Client: Nature Conservancy Council, Scotland and England (1982).
The first broad and detailed sector level assessment of the environmental impacts of aquaculture (mainly salmon farming) in Scotland. The study examined impacts on water quality, landscape, and wildlife (including predators). It also reviewed the tools and methodologies available to make assessments of impact significance, and provided a set of draft guidelines for siting and operation to minimise environmental impact.

Social and Economic Impact Assessment of the Kung Krabaen Bay Royal Development Study Centre and Shrimp Farming Project
Client: Office of the Royal Development Project Board, Thailand.
The team undertook a detailed evaluation of the impact of shrimp farming on local communities in the Kung Krabaen Bay Project Area, Chantaburi, Thailand. Social survey techniques were used to assess the socio-economic status of villagers involved in shrimp farming, and compare them with villagers not involved in shrimp farming. A range of income, welfare and quality of life indicators were used to analyse the impacts of shrimp aquaculture.

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