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There was a need to fundamentally re-look at the EIA framework established in 1986 in terms of its relevance, adequacy, and effectiveness. This was in response to the new challenges facing economic growth and the resultant impact on resource utilization due to economic liberalization. This project involved examining the EIA framework strengthening it to enable development, while ensuring sustainable resource management. The key areas of concern for the Indian EIA system were drawn up. These issues were circulated to the senior officers of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) belonging to the Impact Assessment Agency (IAA) in the form of a background paper.

The paper was discussed in a brainstorming workshop organized at the MoEF in May 1999, and led to identification of priority issues that need to be addressed via external assistance. Responding to these outcomes, EMC developed a Project Implementation Plan (PIP) for capacity building in EIA at the MoEF. This PIP led to subsequent introduction of EIA Notification of 2004 - a landmark change in India's environmental governance.

Project Implementation Plan (PIP) for Capacity Building in Environmental Impact Assessment at MoEF
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Project Implementation Plan (PIP) for Capacity Building in Environmental Impact Assessment at MoEF