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New article on EIA
13 September 2013
Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Asia
New article on 'environmental impact assessment': Kabir, SMZ & Momtaz, S. 2013. 'Sectorial variation in the quality of environmental impact statements and factors influencing the quality', Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, DOI:10.1080/09640568.2013.824415 Published online: 26 Sep 2013
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. This study reviews 40 EISs of four major sectors in Bangladesh. 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 sectors 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, lack of baseline data, weak EIA teams, lack of EIA experts, inadequate funds and weak Terms of Reference.
 
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