Welcome back to the continuation of the series on Key Elements of an EIA Report. Kindly refer to my earlier post on 10 Basic questions on EIA Approval in Nigeria and Key Element of an EIA Report: Part 1 for a refresher.
Please note that the content of an EIA report may vary with respect to the Country and approving institution. This is only a guide for information purposes.
Key Element of an EIA Report- Chapter One
Chapter One of an Environmental Impact Assessment Report is titled Introduction. The following sections can be found in Chapter One of an EIA report
1.1 Background Information:
This is a brief background of the project stating how and why the project was conceived.
- This section can also introduce the Project Objectives, Project Proponent and the Environmental Consultancy Firm that conducted the study.
1.2 EIA Objectives:
This section highlights the intentions or aim of the Environmental Impact Assessment study.
1.3 EIA Terms of Reference:
This section describes the Terms of Reference approved for the study so it would guide readers on the scope of the EIA study.
1.4 Legal and Administrative Framework:
This section discusses all relevant Laws, Regulations, Agreements or International Protocols that affect the Environmental Impact Assessment Study.
- The legal framework cuts across the National Laws, State and Local Government By-Laws (if any) and International Conventions and Protocols.
1.5 Structure of Report:
This section describes the structure of the entire report from the preliminary pages to the appendix, giving a brief description of the content of each Chapter.
- The EIA Process Flowchart can also be included to describe the stages involved in the approval process.
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