Strategic Environmental Assessment and Environmental Auditing for Development Project

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is a set of analytical and participatory processes for incorporating environmental considerations, at early stages of a project. An effective SEA is going to have long-term social-economic benefits to people & natural ecosystems. SEA evaluates project’s environmental, social and economic impacts at the highest strategic level. The scope is beyond the traditional EIA, which focus solely on physical environmental impacts.

Long term environmental impacts are often not given enough priority in infrastructure development projects. But now governments are required to provide valid environmental impact assessments prior to the approval of large-scale infrastructure projects. The enforcement of EIA & SEA are environmental safeguards for infrastructure and construction projects.

This one-week professional development training program on “Strategic Environmental Assessment and Auditing for Infrastructure Projects” is design to help the professionals learn about the EIA in the infrastructure context.  The aims at promoting the use of SEA as essential tools for supporting environmentally sustainable planning and economic development.

Objectives

The main objective of the professional development course is to provide the necessary tools and techniques to ensure sustainable economic development by ensuring proper implementation of EIA and Strategic Environmental Audit (SEA).

The specific objectives are to:

  • Enable participants for greater understanding & knowledge enhancement pertaining to EIA and SEA
  • Equip participants the need to balance economic and infrastructure development without harming the environment
  • Explain the critical methods & challenges for the implementation and follow up measures within the SEA process
  • Measures required for the monitoring and auditing of SEA process

Course Outline

The training course are the combinations of lectures, exercises and case studies. It provides theoretical and conceptual explanations to approaches, applications, legal frameworks and methodology of EIA & SEA. Exercises are going to be very useful on various aspects associated with the practical process, terminology, and methods of performing SEA. The key modules of the course are as follows:

Module 1:  Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) & Auditing

  • Understanding Environmental Impact assessment
  • The EIA and EA in the project cycle
  • Building an effective EIA & environmental auditing (EA)

Module 2:  Introduction to Strategic Environmental Assessment 

  • Aim and scope of SEA, major trends & challenges
  • Steps and elements of the SEA process, emerging directions 
  • Principles of environmental good practices

Module 3:  Environmental Management Systems Implementation 

  • Environmental management systems models & process
  • Environmental inspection and reporting 
  • Sustainable infrastructure implementation 

Module 4:  ISO 14001 Environmental Management System

  • Overview of ISO 14001 – guidance of use
  • ISO 14001 to future proof for infrastructure projects
  • The process to get certified to the ISO 14001

Target Audience

The participants can be from different governmental and donor agencies, multi-lateral banks, INGOs as well as academic institutions and universities who seek to broaden their knowledge in the area of strategic environmental assessment and environmental auditing. It is also a very appropriate course for those who are responsible for assessment and auditing of environment impacts.

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