Evaluating Environmental and Social Impact Assessment in Developing Countries


  • Salim Momtaz, Centre for Sustainable Use of Coasts and Catchments, School of Environmental & Life Sciences, University of Newcastle, Australia
  • S. M. Zobaidul Kabir, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Environmental Management, Central Queensland University, Australia

Evaluating Environmental and Social Impact Assessment in Developing Countries is a valuable reference book for practitioners and researchers conducting research in and developing studies on environmental science and management and environmental and social impact assessment. The book’s authors have developed and tested a new framework to evaluate environmental impact assessment (EIA) systems that may be adopted by most developing countries with EIA experience. Application of this framework will help determine if the EIA is achieving its intended goal of sustainable development in these countries. It also explains the reasons behind the strengths and weaknesses from which the development practitioners and international development partners can take lessons. This book will help the reader answer such questions as "What are the best forms of public participation?" and "How do we measure contributions to EIA procedure?" since it is based on direct experiences from a developing country that is struggling with many of these issues. Evaluating Environmental and Social Impact Assessment in Developing Countries provides further understanding of appropriate tools to evaluate environmental and social impacts of development initiatives especially in developing countries.
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Book information

  • Published: May 2013
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-408129-1


"Authors Momtaz and Kabir present an original, integrated framework for evaluating environmental and social impact assessments and demonstrate the framework's use with empirical evidence from a full-length case study of Bangladesh…The book will be of interest to academics, researchers, practitioners, and students in environmental and social impact assessments, as well as those in environmental science and management, development studies, and political economy."--Reference & Research Book News, October 2013

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Evaluating the effectiveness of environmental impact assessment system in developing countries: the need for an integrated holistic approach

Chapter 3: Institutional framework of the environmental impact assessment system

Chapter 4: The quality of environmental impact statements

Chapter 5: Evaluating social impact assessment

Chapter 6: Evaluating community participation in environmental impact assessment

Chapter 7 Implementation of mitigation measures: EIA practice at post-EIS stage

Chapter 8: Evaluating environmental and social impact assessment: framework for effective EIA system