In accordance with Article 2 (c) of EIA Procedure, IEE (Initial Environmental Examination) is defined as:
“A Project judged by the Ministry to have some Adverse Impacts, but of lesser degree and/or significance than those for EIA Type Projects”.
The IEE report as well as EMP report will be submitted to ECD together with the following submission form:
SUBMISSION FORM OF INITIAL ENVIRONMENTAL EXAMINATION REPORT AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PLAN (MS-Word **.kb)
In general, IEE type project would be limited in scope or size, have well known environmental and social impacts that for the most part are temporary, local and reversible, or have impacts which can be mitigated and managed by well-proven and available technologies and practices but with respect to which specific controls, measures and alternatives must be assessed, designed and implemented.
The IEE report preparation will be undertaken as the following process (Please also see Preparation of EMP):
Any particular method for IEE investigation was not defined by EIA Procedure; however, the following simple way may be taken for IEE investigation e.g. secondary data collection and analysis, a simple prediction modelling for any pollution sources, a site visit with simple environmental instrument, and so on.
As a part of the activities for IEE investigations, the Project Proponent shall undertake the public consultation and information disclosure.
In particular, the consultation process is one of the most important pillars of EIA procedure so as to collect the views, concerns and perceptions of relevant stakeholders and reflect those ideas to the project design. For the reason above, the results of the consultations shall be included in the IEE report, as well as the concerns raised during the consultation process shall be considered in all IEE works e.g. impact assessment, design of mitigation measures, management and monitoring plans, etc.
The process shall be undertaken as follows (See also Article 34 of EIA Procedure):
|a) Immediately upon commencement of the IEE, disclose relevant information about the proposed Project to the public and civil society through the Project or Project Proponent’s website(s) and local media, including by means of the prominent posting of legible sign boards at the Project site which are visible to the public, and comply with technical guidelines issued by the Ministry; and
b) to arrange the required complement of consultation meetings as advised by the Ministry, with local communities, potential PAPs, local authorities, community based organizations, and civil society, and provide appropriate and timely explanations in press conferences and media interviews.
The Project Proponent shall submit an IEE report together with an EMP to ECD, which includes the following contents (see also Article 36 of EIA Procedure):
|a) Project description in reasonable detail with description of the project size, installations, technology, infrastructure, production processes, use of materials and resources, generation of waste, emissions and disturbances together with overview maps and site layout maps (using aerial photos and satellite images in proper scale) for each Project phase and, where relevant, project alternatives for each Project phase;
b) identification of the Project Proponent including (where the Project Proponent is not a natural person but a company or other juridical entity) the identification of the owners, directors (if any) and day to day management and officers of the Project Proponent;
c) identification of the IEE experts, including which expert is responsible for which part of the IEE Report;
d) description of applicable laws, decrees, regulations, standards, guidelines and corporate policies related to environmental and social matters of the Project together with the relevant government agencies involved and their roles and responsibilities vis-à-vis the Project.
e) description of the surrounding environmental and social conditions of the Project including maps of all relevant physical, biological, social, socio-economic and cultural features;
f) identification and assessment of potential Environmental Impacts including assessment and description of Adverse Impacts and Residual Impacts with presentation of the spatial and temporal characteristics of the impacts using maps, images, aerial photos and satellite images;
g) results of the public consultation and public participation processes, recommendations received from the public, and the Project Proponent’s written responses to comments received during that process;
h) the environmental protection measures of the Project which are intended to mitigate Adverse Impacts clearly presented together with applicable environmental and social requirements and any Residual Impacts;
i) the EMP; and
j) the persons, organizations and budgets needed for implementation of the EMP.
4. Review and approval process
(See also Article 39 to 43 of EIA procedure)
After submission of the IEE report from the Project Proponent to ECD, ECD will invite any other comments / suggestions on the report from all relevant stakeholders through public consultation meetings at local level arranged by ECD, at which the Project Proponent shall present the IEE Report.
Within 60 days (the duration will be extended in case of amendment) from the date of its submission, the final decision on approval of the IEE report will be made according to the technical review undertaken by ECD, and all comments / recommendations received in the process above.
During the review process, ECD will call the Project Proponent at any time to undertake the necessary amendments of the report.
After completion of the review process above, MONREC will issue an ECC (Environmental Compliance Certificate) with any additional conditions to the Project Proponent, or notify the rejection of the report.
The final decision will be disclosed on ECD web site.
The Project Proponent shall bear all cost for completion of the EIA report including disclosure, review, public consultation, and so on.