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Why this Program?

Environmental Impact Assessment was introduced in India as a requirement in 1994 through a Notification issued under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA, 1986). In 2006, this notification was majorly revised. Since then several amendments have been issued. In 2018, Parivesh, an online Environmental Clearance process was introduced. In 2019, public consultations were organized for further modification in the EIA Notification that may be introduced in early 2020.  

In India, EIA is understood as a requirement for environmental clearance and not as a value add and risk mitigation measure. Unlike other countries, EIA is still addressed at the project level and there are no regulations to address regional impacts and conduct strategic EIA. No attempts are made to integrate climate change considerations for large projects especially in the vulnerable areas. The judiciary, especially the National Green Tribunal (NGT) is playing an active role to address grievances as well as take actions on project proponents and regulators in the event of slow actions or inactions.   

Despite the accreditation requirements of EIA consultants, it has been noticed that the EIA studies are often weak and do not add value to the project design and implementation. The environmental management plans lack consideration to the alternatives, best practices, life cycle thinking and low carbon options. The consultants and the project proponents lack experience on how to plan and oversee EIA studies and how to prepare for the presentations to the EIA appraisal committees.

Financial Institutions, both development and private, are now taking interest in environmental (and social) assessments. These precautionary systems, commonly known as safeguards, have been adopted by institutions such as the World Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, European Investment Banks etc as well as by the Funds who follow principles of responsible investments. It is necessary that the borrowers understand the environmental assessment related requirements and procedures asked by the financial institutions.

In this perspective, this one day program has been conceived. In this program, some of the best stalwarts in the domain of EIA in the country will deliver lectures and engage with the participants in Q&A. These five speakers represent varied experiences, a wealth of knowledge drawn from practice learning with an international exposure to EIA in other countries as well as the corporates and financial institutions. Sessions on the NGT and likely progression of the EIA Notification of 2006 are included to demystify some of the grey areas. Concepts such as regional, programmatic and strategic EIA are also introduced with guidance on how to prepare for quality EIA studies and face the EIA appraisal committees.

Who should attend?
About the Faculty

Last date for registration January 21, 2020

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Established in 2012, Ekonnect Knowledge
Foundation is a Section 8 not-for-profit
company offering awareness, training and
education programs in the domains of
environmental management and sustainability.

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