CSE’s short-term training programme on social impact assessment
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.
Centre 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:
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
Integrated approach for addressing SIA and EIA process - from scoping, data collection to impact assessment as well as the role of public consultations
Knowledge on review of SIA reports and identification of strengths and weaknesses
Post SIA monitoring
Procedure for institutional strengthening and capacity building
Experience sharing on national and international best practices in SIA Note : All this would be covered through exhaustive class excercises
Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), New Delhi is going to organise a hands-on three-day training programme aimed at giving practical exposure to participants on EIA with specific reference to wind power projects.
The objective of this programme is to enable stakeholders to understand the likely impacts of the project and allows them to make sound decisions during various stages of project development.
It goes unsaid that in order to improve environmental governance, the roles of efficient and worthy Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) along with an equitable growth through proper Social Impact Assessment (SIA) are indispensable. They are not merely tools to assess possible impacts and suggest mitigation for the environmental and social issues, but processes, which if done well, can yield unexpectedly positive results in the form of sustainable and equitable growth.