Environmental Planning & Assessment

Course Overview

Environmental planning is the process of facilitating decision making to carry out land development  with the consideration given to the natural environment, social, political, economic and governance factors and provides a holistic framework to achieve sustainable outcomes. A major goal of environmental planning is to create sustainable communities, which aim to conserve and protect undeveloped land.

Environmental assessment (EA) is the assessment of the environmental consequences (positive and negative) of a plan, policy, program, or actual projects prior to the decision to move forward with the proposed action. In this context, the term "Environmental Impact Assessment" (EIA) is usually used when applied to actual projects by individuals or companies and the term "strategic environmental assessment" (SEA) applies to policies, plans and programs most often proposed by organs of state. Environmental assessments may be governed by rules of administrative procedure regarding public participation and documentation of decision making, and may be subject to judicial review.

Course Objectives

To

  • Modify and improve design
  • Ensure efficient resource use
  • Enhance social aspects
  • Identify key impacts and measures for mitigating them
  • Inform decision-making and condition-setting
  • Avoid serious and irreversible damage to the environment
  • Protect human health and safety

Course Content

Environmental Planning

  • Social & economic development
  • Urban development
  • Housing characteristics
  • Air pollution
  • Noise pollution
  • Regional development
  • Natural resource management & integrated land use
  • The wetlands
  • Habitat of the endangered species
  • Flood zones susceptibility
  • Coastal zones erosion
  • Infrastructure systems
  • Governance frameworks

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

  • Description of the project
  • Description of actual project and site description
  • Key project components
  • Stakeholders
  • Alternatives that have been considered
  • Examination of alternatives considered
  • Description of the environment
  • List of all aspects of the environment that may be affected by the development in an environmental aspect register
  • Description of the significant environmental impacts
  • Developing and defining Significance Criteria
  • Leopold matrix for the systematic examination of potential interactions
  • Mitigation of environmental impacts
  • Identify measures to avoid and/or mitigate environmental impacts
  • Non-technical summary (EIS)
  • The use of EIA in the decision-making process
  • Available to the public
  • Should not have technical jargon
  • Lack of know-how/technical difficulties
  • Identification of areas of weakness in knowledge

Course Methodology

The training is going to be highly interactive combination of lectures, group discussions, questionnaires, individual reflections, role plays, simulations and videos.

Target Audience

Leaders and managers responsible for carrying out environmental planning and assessment.

Duration

2 Days (08:30–14:30) with appropriate breaks for tea/refreshments and lunch.

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