Environmental and Social Impact Assessment

EIA has now been in place since the early ‘80s, and has in many cases become a standard bureaucratic procedure. Some key weaknesses have been the lack of assessment of alternatives, the limited attention paid to those impacts for which no standards are currently available, the limited attention to socio-economic and competing user issues, and the questionable independence of the consultants.

High quality EIA requires that social, economic and environmental issues are addressed in an integrated way - not by teams of specialist individuals who often fail to communicate effectively with each other - but by a coherent and integrated team of highly experienced consultants, who can understand and explore the perspective of the developers and the constraints acting on them on the one hand, and the concerns of the wider public and national interest on the other. Communications and facilitation skills are as essential as technical capacity. We can provide a team with both.

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