Evaluating Environmental and Social Impact Assessment in Developing Countries

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9780124081291
eBook ISBN: 9780124080706
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 2nd May 2013
Page Count: 224
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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


Environmental scientists

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



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"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