Evaluating Environmental and Social Impact Assessment in Developing Countries

Evaluating Environmental and Social Impact Assessment in Developing Countries

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  • Authors: Salim Momtaz, Zobaidul Kabir
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124080706
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780124081291

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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.

Key Features

  • Demonstrates the development of an integrated holistic method that presents new research in the field
  • Offers a thorough analytical assessment of an EIA system in a developing country
  • Presents valuable insights into how developing countries are coping with the new phenomenon of public participation and involvement in environmental decision making and what methods and techniques have been successful
  • Includes a chapter on social impact assessment in developing countries with special focus on Bangladesh, providing valuable information applicable to developing countries


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Table of Contents

  • List of Tables

    List of Figures

    List of Maps

    List of Photos

    List of Abbreviations

    List of Appendices


    Author Biography

    Chapter 1. Introduction


    Chapter 2. Evaluating the Effectiveness of Environmental Impact Assessment System in Developing Countries: The Need for an Integrated Holistic Approach

    2.1 Introduction

    2.2 Status of EIA Systems in Developing Countries

    2.3 Concepts of Effective EIA Systems

    2.4 Development of a Conceptual Framework to Evaluate EIA System

    2.5 The Proposed Framework

    2.6 Key Areas and Criteria for Evaluating the EIA System

    2.7 Evaluation Criteria

    2.8 Evolution of the EIA System in Bangladesh

    2.9 Status of the EIA System in Bangladesh

    2.10 Conclusion



    Chapter 3. Institutional Framework of the Environmental Impact Assessment System

    3.1 Introduction

    3.2 Legal Arrangements for the EIA System

    3.3 Administrative/Organizational Framework of EIA

    3.4 EIA Process and Administrative Procedure

    3.5 The Methodologies of Impact Identification and Assessment

    3.6 Review of EIA Reports and Issuance of ECC

    3.7 Penalties for Noncompliance of ECC

    3.8 Strengths and Weaknesses of Institutional Arrangements of EIA in Bangladesh

    3.9 Chapter Summary


    Chapter 4. The Quality of Environmental Impact Statements

    4.1 Introduction

    4.2 Review Package for Assessing the Quality of EISs

    4.3 Description of Review Criteria

    4.4 Selection of EISs

    4.5 Assessment Procedures

    4.6 Overall Quality of EISs in Bangladesh

    4.7 Quality of EISs by Area

    4.8 Factors Influencing the Quality of EISs

    4.9 Conclusion



    Chapter 5. Evaluating Social Impact Assessment

    5.1 Introduction

    5.2 Conceptualizing SIA: Origin, Evolution, and Definition

    5.3 Institutionalizing SIA in Bangladesh

    5.4 Performance of the Bangladesh SIA System

    5.5 Discussion and Recommendations

    5.6 Conclusion



    Chapter 6. Evaluating Community Participation in Environmental Impact Assessment

    6.1 Introduction and Background

    6.2 Conceptualizing Community Participation: Origin, Definition, and Evolution

    6.3 Community Participation in Bangladesh

    6.4 Community Participation in EIA and SIA: Two Case Studies

    6.5 Lessons Learnt from Bangladesh Experience

    6.6 Conclusion


    Chapter 7. Implementation of Mitigation Measures: EIA Practice at Post-EIS Stage

    7.1 Introduction

    7.2 Case study I: Khulna-Jessore Drainage Rehabilitation Project

    7.3 Case study II: Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge Project

    7.4 Case study III: Meghnaghat Power Plant Project

    7.5 EIA Practice at Post-EIS Stage: Overall Environmental Management Performance of the Three Projects

    7.6 Chapter Summary


    Chapter 8. Evaluating Environmental and Social Impact Assessment: Framework for Effective EIA System

    8.1 Introduction

    8.2 Institutional Arrangements for the EIA System in Bangladesh

    8.3 The Quality of EISs

    8.4 Consideration of Social Issues in Impact Assessment

    8.5 Community Participation in EIA and SIA

    8.6 EIA Practice at the Post-EIS Stage: Implementation of Mitigation Measures

    8.7 Overall Status of EIA System in Bangladesh

    8.8 Proposed Framework of an Effective EIA System

    8.9 Conclusion to the Research Problem: an Effective EIA System in Bangladesh

    8.10 Recommendations

    8.11 Chapter Summary


    Glossary of Terms


Product details

  • No. of pages: 224
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2013
  • Published: April 5, 2013
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124080706
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780124081291

About the Authors

Salim Momtaz

Salim Momtaz
Dr. Salim Momtaz is an Associate Professor, School of Environmental and Life Sciences at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He teaches in the area of Sustainable Resource Management. He received his BSc and MSc degrees in Geography from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He obtained a PhD in Sustainable Development from the University of London under a Commonwealth Scholarship. Salim migrated to Australia in 1994. From 1995 to 1998 he taught Geography at Central Queensland University, Australia. He joined the University of Newcastle in 1999 where he has been teaching since. He had a stint in the US as a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University, Washington DC. He received Rotary International Ambassadorial Fellowship to teach and conduct research in Bangladesh. Salim’s current research interests include climate change adaptation, environmental governance and social impact assessment. Salim led the team that conducted one of the first social impact assessment studies in Australia ‘Independent Social Impact Assessment, RSERC, Rockhampton, 1998’. Salim published six books and many articles in international journals. He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee, Netherlands Government Research Organization, between 2007 and 2010 and is currently on the panel of international reviewers with the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Affiliations and Expertise

Centre for Sustainable Use of Coasts and Catchments, School of Environmental & Life Sciences, University of Newcastle, Australia

Zobaidul Kabir

Zobaidul Kabir
Dr. S.M. Zobaidul Kabir is currently working at the Centre for Environmental Management (CEM), CQUniversity, Australia, as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the area of environmental and social impact assessment. In addition to research, he teaches social and economic impact assessment at CQUniversity under Environmental Management program. Recently, he has obtained Doctor of Philosophy on Sustainable Resource Management from the University of Newcastle, Australia, under the prestigious Endeavour Postgraduate Award. Earlier, he obtained Master of Environmental Management and Master of Diplomacy from the Australian National University under AusAID scholarship.

Dr. Kabir has more than 7 years of research experience in the area of ex-post evaluation of environmental performance of development projects, environmental policy analysis, environmental and social impact assessment of development projects, and social appraisal of mine closure plan. He worked for the Government of Bangladesh as a civil servant and held various positions. He also worked for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Bangladesh, as a National Project Professional Personnel (NPPP).

He has more than 12 publications as scholarly journal articles and peer-reviewed conference proceedings. His research interests include impact assessment, greening business, community engagement, liveability assessment, environmental governance and sustainability assessment. He is a member of International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA) and Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand.

Affiliations and Expertise

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Environmental Management, Central Queensland University, Australia

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