Single Course

Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management

Environmental, Urban & Regional Planning

Course Summary:

EIA is primarily meant to provide the decision-makers with information that is as comprehensive as possible about the different environmental effects the proposed activity would entail, including alternative courses of action and the zero-alternative (i.e. the noaction alternative). Additionally, plans for mitigation in respect of each alternative are to be outlined

Course Objectives:

  • Appreciate the purpose and role of eia in the decision-making process;
  • Understand the strengths of eia in regard to environmental management;
  • Understand the technical and social/political limitations of eia;
  • Know the administration and procedures that apply in the student’s jurisdiction;
  • Understand the screening process;
  • Understand the scoping process and how it is applied;
  • Know the options for estimating environmental and social impacts;
  • Know the format of an eia report (environmental impact statement, or environmental statement);
  • Appreciate the factors that assist, and detract, from the usefulness of the eia report;
  • Understand the purpose of developing follow-up procedures, and the options for designing these procedures.

Course Outline

Environmental Impact Assessment

  • Introduction and overview of EIA
  • Law policies and Institutional arrangements for EIA systems
  • Consultation and public participation
  • Screening
  • Scoping
  • Impact analysis
  • Mitigation and management
  • Reporting
  • Review of EIA quality
  • Decision making
  • Risk assessment
  • Environmental valuation
  • Environment, Health and safety systems and EIA
  • Implementation and follow-ups
  • EIA project management
  • Social Impact assessment
  • Strategic Environmental assessment
  • Future directions
  • EIA Case study and site visits

Environmental Audit outlines

  • Introduction to environmental audit
  • Roles and types of Environmental Audit
  • Laws, Policy and institutional management for EA Systems
  • Environmental Auditing 1: Methodological approach
  • Integration Environmental Auditing and Energy Efficiency
  • Developing Technological, Environmental and social Management Plan
  • Environmental Audit Report Writing
  • Environmental Audit Project Management
  • Review of Environmental Audit Reports
  • Environmental Health, Safety Systems and Environmental Audit
  • Quality Management Systems and Agreements and Environmental Audit
  • Multilateral Environmental Agreements and Environmental audit
  • Incentives and Disincentives for Environmental Management
  • Case studies and In-plant Assessments.