Environmental and social impact assessments
Environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) is an important project-planning instrument when applied in the earliest stages of the decision making process. It provides information on the consequences of specific activities in a way that allows these to be taken into account and used in the final decision making process and in designing mitigation measures. Proper application of ESIA can significantly improve the quality of project plans and will lead to important savings on project implementation.
A well-designed ESIA will lead to a better understanding of the full extent of corporate impacts in a defined setting, to better project design, risk mitigation, and valuable experience for future operations.
Indufor provides clients with a wealth of intelligence and practical knowledge in assessing relevant environmental and social impacts in corporate operations. A well-designed impact assessment can reduce negative impacts and mitigate risks but also significantly increase operations’ profitability and acceptability.
Environmental impact assessment (EIA) and social impact assessment (SIA) are often considered separate entities. However, the full appreciation of all impacts requires an in-depth understanding of all the environmental and social changes invoked by corporate actions. In addition, as biophysical impacts have social impacts and social changes can impact adjustments in the environment, the two impacts require a holistic analysis.
- Assessment of current and future environmental and social impacts
- Mitigation measures for undesirable impacts
- Guidance in processing impact management and control systems