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10/10/2012 : Public Consultation for Initial Environment Examination (IEE) and Data Collection for year 2 NRI subprojects, 28 August – 28 September 2012

   The main objective of the IEE is to determine whether potentially adverse environmental effects in NRI subprojects proposed for year 2 implementation are significant or whether mitigation measures can be adopted to reduce or eliminate these adverse effects. As IEE requires more in-depth analysis than applied in the screening procedure, training the skills of project implementers is essential. Consequently, an IEE involves more time and resources. IEE also requires expert advice and technical input from environmental specialists so that potential environmental problems can be clearly defined. When an IEE is able to provide a definite solution to environmental problems, an EIA is not necessary. Thus on 28 August -28 September, 2012, hands-on training for PPO and DCO staff was concluded.

 

   A two-step process was introduced in the training. The first step was a public consultation initially intended to make a checklist that briefly describes the project activities to be implemented and natural resources to be affected, including the data requirements. Typical activities such as siting of the project, resource demand, waste production and regulation, policies and guidelines were included in IEE process. For any particular project only a few of these may be significant and therefore the first step is to narrow the list of activities likely to produce significant effects on the environment. The participants then were exposed to the process of identifying significant impacts vis-à-vis environmental parameters that might be affected. The response of each environmental parameter to each project action is represented by a rating number ranging from 1 to 3, 1 represent no significant impact, 2 moderate impact and 3 major impact.

 

   A total of 9 Subproject sites (i.e., 8 irrigations and 1 road subprojects) were visited. In each subproject the PPO and DCO staffs were trained on the process described above. Sketch maps were used as reference points for identifying community-based impacts, which were collected through focus group discussions (FGDs) with the villagers.

 

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