Environmental Impact Assessment and Mitigation Plans for Projects


The implementation of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of projects has now become a legal requirement in every country in Africa. Development projects initiated by governments and investment projects initiated by the private sector have to undergo a comprehensive EIA if they are deemed to be potentially damaging to the environment.

Environmental Impact Assessments guide project proponents on the selection of appropriate mitigation measures that can be integrated in project design in order to improve the environment.

Currently, many EIA studies are not done properly due to lack of the required skills in Africa. As a consequence, decision makers often have no clear idea as to what type of information is needed to make rational and timely decisions when appraising projects. Furthermore, too much emphasis is often given to data collection, and not enough on their analysis, interpretation, and their overall environmental implications. Another major problem stems from the fact that monitoring and evaluation of the actual environmental impacts of projects are mostly inconspicuous. The absence of proper monitoring and evaluation is now a major handicap for rational environmental management.

Target Audience

This course is suitable for professionals within all industries who are involved in contract management and resolving disputes including, but not limited to, project managers, contract managers, procurement managers, supply chain managers, contractors, architects, developers and engineers. This course would also highly benefit in-house council and legal advisors new to the region who require the fundamentals of dispute resolution in the GCC.


The purpose of this training programme is to create awareness and build capacity among the stakeholders to understand the importance of EIA in all development projects and as a tool to achieve sustainability. The main objectives of the training are to:

  • Introduce participants to EIA and EIA procedures;
  • Enable participants acquire basic EIA knowledge;
  • Equip participants with skills to conduct scoping studies and EIA studies;
  • Equip participants with skills to prepare and evaluate EIA terms of reference (TOR);
  • Equip participants with basic EIA procedures for identification of environmental impacts and how to minimize them;
  • Understand sources of impacts and the roles of stakeholders in addressing them;
  • Understand the role of public participation in EIA process;
  • Acquire skills for the preparation of environmental management plans (EMP);
  • Acquire techniques for monitoring environmental impacts;
  • Expose participants to the participatory methodologies of EIA;
  • Use EIA case studies to expose participants to hands-on exercises;
  • Create awareness among the planners to give due importance to environment related

issues in their development plans.

Course Methodology

In this interactive training course participants will frequently work in pairs as well as in larger groups to complete exercises as well as regional and international case studies.

Target Competencies

  • Litigation
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Negotiation
  • GCC Dispute Resolution Frameworks

Course Outline


  • Introduction and overview of EIA
  • Law, policy and institutional arrangements for EIA systems
  • Public involvement
  • The purpose of screening
  • Scoping in the EIA process
  • Impact Analysis
  • Mitigation and impact management
  • EIA Reporting
  • Review of EIA quality
  • Decision-making
  • Implementation and follow up
  • EIA project management
  • Social impact assessment

Target Group

This training has been designed to provide practical help to those involved in planning and development of new and existing projects and have to carry out environmental impact assessment (EIA). It is also suitable for decision makers who appraise, evaluate and finance projects. The workshop will benefit staff of private, public and NGO sector organizations.

The course is appropriate for:

  • Officers from Environmental Protection Agencies (EPA) and Ministries/Departments of


  • Planners, project managers, and environmental officers from all government ministries, e.g. Mining, Agriculture, Works, Roads, Telecommunications, Energy, Water, Transport, and Local Governments
  • Officers from training Institutes
  • Project managers and officers from NGOs
  • Investment Officers from commercial and development banks

Environmental consultants.

Durban, South Africa
Starting: 06 September 2021 Ending: 17 September 2021
USD 2,975
To cover tuition and training materials only.

Please take note that hotel accommodation, travel and out of pocket expenses will be borne by the sponsoring organization.

The cost covers only tuition, stationery, presentation slides, soft and hard copies of course materials, coffee/tea breaks, lunch, tour to tourist attraction sites and administrative expenses.

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Monday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5.00 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed