CSE’s short-term training programme on social impact assessment | Centre for Science and Environment


CSE’s short-term training programme on social impact assessment

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Social Impact Assessment (SIA) is an important tool to inform decision makers, regulators and stakeholders, about the possible social and economic impacts of a proposed project. To be effective, it requires the active involvement of all concerned stakeholders.

imageCentre for Science and Environment recognises this need and has developed hands-on five-day training programme aimed at giving practical exposure to participants on SIA with specific reference to deve lopment projects, such as infrastructure, mining and other industrial projects.

The objective of this programme is to build capacity and create awareness among regulators, developers, NGOs and academicians to understand SIA process by sensitising the stakeholders on the ecological perception of human habitat in India, the political economy of natural resources, governance and emerging land conflicts and the local and environmental impacts of development projects.

The course would also cover in detail the applicable Central/State laws and policies related to land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation, Key provisions of the LAR&R Bill, Benefit S haring with communities, Reconnaissance and Baseline Survey, Land Acquisition Survey and Plan (LAP) and Preparation of the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP). The programme also aims at evaluating the SIA report along with the applicable legislations in India.

On completion of the programme the participants will be equipped with:

  1. Exposure to aspects of SIA, from theory to applications regarding:
    • Understanding the Terms of Reference
    • Data need, data collection, collation and interpretation
    • Development of tools and instruments for conducting SIA survey
    • Effective assessment methodologies
    • Reporting methodologies
  2. Integrated approach for addressing SIA and EIA process - from scoping, data collection to impact assessment as well as the role of public consultations
  3. Knowledge on review of SIA reports and identification of strengths and weaknesses
  4. Post SIA monitoring
  5. Procedure for institutional strengthening and capacity building
  6. Experience sharing on national and international best practices in SIA Note : All this would be covered through exhaustive class excercises

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