Environment and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA)

ESIA is “Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) is a comprehensive analysis and document of a Project’s potential environmental and social risks and impact.

At a global scale, EIA “Environmental Impact Assessment” is in debate on weight allocated to social impacts of the project implementation, often considered too limited.

As a follow up to such a debate, the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) has been introduced and is now being widely applied by multilateral donors, international agencies and private lending institutions. It appears as a promising tool based on an integrated assessment where biophysical and social impacts of projects, programs and policy initiatives, are equally acknowledged and evaluated.

Typically, this will be a requirement where international funding is being sought to support the development of the project. In some circumstances, however, proponents may choose to demonstrate compliance with international standards under their own volition.

For ESIA purposes, compliance with international standards is often defined by adherence to the Equator Principles and therefore to the IFC Performance Standards.

An ESIA is usually prepared for greenfield developments or large expansions with specifically identified physical elements, aspects, and facilities that are likely to generate significant environmental or social impacts” (IFC, 2012)

The key process elements of an ESIA generally consist of

  • Initial screening of the project and scoping of the assessment process;

  • Examination of alternatives;

  • Stakeholder identification (focusing on those directly affected) and gathering of environmental and social baseline data;

  • Impact identification, prediction, and analysis;

  • Generation of mitigation or management measures and actions;

  • Significance of impacts and evaluation of residual impacts; and

  • Documentation of the assessment process (i.E., ESIA report) (IFC, 2012)

The IFC documents subdivides the projects into three categories:

• Category A – Projects with potential significant adverse environmental and social risks and/or impacts that are diverse, irreversible or unprecedented;

• Category B – Projects with potential limited adverse environmental and social risks and/or impacts that are few in number, generally site-specific, largely reversible and readily addressed through mitigation measures; and

 •Category C – Projects with minimal or no adverse environmental and social risks and/or impacts.

Project included in Category A, and as appropriate, in Category B should be submitted to an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA).

EGSS offers a comprehensive range of ESIA related services from screening through scoping studies to full impact assessments and mitigation, stakeholder engagement, development and monitoring management Plan. We offer an integrated approach that covers all aspects of environmental and social impact assessment. We have a team of qualified and experienced environmental engineer and scientists to offer following Services.

Our ESIA services include-

  • Baseline and feasibility studies

  • Screening and scoping reports

  • Social Consulting

  • Environmental Impact assessment and preparation of management plans

  • Environmental appraisal and Audit

  • Ecological studies

  • Air and noise pollution control

  • Environmental policy formulation

  • Socio-economic impact evaluation

  • Resettlement and livelihood restoration issues and planning

  • Environmental and Social Management Frameworks

  • Environmental and Social Management Plans

  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

  • Health Impact Assessment

  • Health, Safety and Security

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