EIA

Regional Workshop Explores Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation Into EIA

Date of Release: 
Oct 28 2011

On October 25-26, 2011 in Bangkok USAID and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) co-organized a workshop on mainstreaming climate change adaptation and the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process under the auspices of the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN) and the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN).

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EIA information and public pressure

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the release of a new mapping feature in EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) database. As part of EPA’s ongoing effort to improve transparency, the EPA and State Enforcement Actions Map will allow the public to access federal and state enforcement information in an interactive format and to compare enforcement action information by state.

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EIA Regulations 2011 drafted in the Maldives

Date of Release: 
Oct 19 2011

A new regulations for EIA has been drafted with some minor changes, in this new regulation Environmental Management Plans are introduced as means by which small scale developments that do not require EIA could be undertaken by approving an EMP.

The Regulation awaits approval from other government agencies and Attorney Generals office

For more information: http://epa.gov.mv/

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Pilot Training of EIA Professionals in Nepal

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3 Nov 2011 - 4 Nov 2011

Location: Hotel Yak and Yeti Kathmandu, Nepal

In line with its continuing efforts to improve implementation of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the hydropower sector, the Nepal Ministry of Environment (MOE) will be conducting a training for EIA professionals using a newly-developed training module and materials. The main objective of this course is to help improve the quality and effectiveness of EIAs by training and developing the capacity of professionals actively engaged in undertaking EIAs in development projects in Nepal.

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Nepal Strengthens EIA Practices to Speed Sustainable Hydropower

Nepal faces an ongoing challenge in bringing hydropower projects on line. Power outages in Kathmandu can be as much as 18 hours a day.

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Nepal Develops Tools to Streamline Environment Review of Hydropower Projects with Support from Malaysia

Date of Release: 
May 27 2011

Through a twinning partnership with the Malaysia Department of Environment, the Nepal Ministry of Environment (MOE) expanded efforts to developed new tools to improve and streamline the environmental impact assessment (EIA) process by developing a training program and registration scheme for EIA consultants. At a consultation workshop on May 24, 2011 in Kathmandu, stakeholders from various sectors provided feedback on the consultant registration scheme and training program aimed at improving the quality of EIA reports and ensuring a more efficient review process.

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Nepal and Malaysia Finalize Twinning Partnership Work Program

Date of Release: 
May 5 2010

As part of the AECEN twinning partnership between the Nepal Ministry of Environment and the Malaysia Department of Environment (DOE) on strengthening environmental impact assessment (EIA) capabilities for the hydropower sector, Nepal partners met with Malaysian counterparts in Kuala Lumpur on April 26-27, 2010 to finalize the work program and initiate activities.  During the meetings, Malaysia DOE and other stakeholders shared details on EIA implementation and experience on their EIA consultant registration scheme.  The work partnership program will include a comprehensive training in cooperation with the Environmental Institute of Malaysia to develop a curriculum, modules and guidelines for use in Nepal, and the creation of a roster of EIA consultants in Nepal.

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Nepal and Malaysia Establish Twinning Partnership on Hydropower Planning

Date of Release: 
Jan 15 2010

The Nepal Ministry of Environment and Malaysia Department of Environment officially launched a twinning arrangement in Kathmandu on January 14, 2010 to strengthen Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) practices for the hydropower sector in Nepal. At a workshop on Sharing EIA Best Practices for the Hydropower Sector, co-organized with the World Bank, Malaysian officials shared innovative approaches on EIA in the hydropower sector. USAID will support the partnership with World Bank under AECEN.

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