Social Impact Assessment (SIA) is an important tool to inform decision makers, regulators and stakeholders, about the possible social and economic impact of a proposed project.
To be effective, it requires the active involvement of all concerned stakeholders.
The Centre for Science and Environment launched its first SIA Training Programme with an objective to enhance the capacity on Social Impact Assessment (SIA) with the exposure of participants from theory to practices in SIA. The programmes have succeeded in giving practical exposure to participants on SIA with specific reference to development projects, such as infrastructure, mining and other industrial projects to understand the SIA process, reconnaissance and baseline survey, land acquisition survey and plan, preparation of the resettlement action plan (RAP) and evaluating the SIA report. The programme also aims at giving exposure to participants regarding aspects of SIA such as:
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
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
The programme has been widely attended by NGOs, students, academicians, industry professionals, consultants and South Asia regulators from Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh Nepal and Afghnaistan.
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.