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Sectoral variation in the quality of environmental impact statements and factors influencing the quality

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Sm Zobaidul KabirSm Zobaidul Kabir, Salim MomtazSalim Momtaz
This paper assesses the overall quality of the EISs of four major sectors and the variation in quality of the EISs among the four sectors in Bangladesh. While there are ample studies on the overall quality of EISs irrespective of sectors, there is a lack of research focus in Bangladesh or elsewhere on how the quality of EISs varies by sectors. This study reviews 40 EISs of four major sectors in Bangladesh by using the Lee-Colley method. The review findings indicate that, in general, the quality of EISs in Bangladesh is satisfactory. However, there is a variation in the quality of EISs by sectors where EISs for two sectors are found to be below the satisfactory level. The reasons behind the variation in the quality of EISs by sector are analysed. Furthermore, this paper analyses the factors influencing the overall quality of EISs in Bangladesh as 35% of EISs are still poorly prepared. The factors responsible for the poor performance of EISs include inadequate study time, the lack of baseline data, weak EIA teams, the lack of EIA experts, inadequate funds and weak Terms of Reference.

Funding

Other

History

Issue

2013

Start Page

1595

End Page

1611

Number of Pages

17

eISSN

1360-0559

ISSN

0964-0568

Location

London

Publisher

Routledge - Taylor and Francis Group

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Centre for Environmental Management; Centre for Environmental Management; School of Environmental and Life Sciences;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of environmental planning and management.

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