Development activities such as business, industry and large development projects play a crucial role in the social and economic development of a country. These activities, however, can also be a major source of local, national and trans-boundary environmental damage with serious effects on the physical environment, biodiversity, climate and human health. The traditional approach to addressing environmental issues by developers has been reactive, ad-hoc and end-of-pipe manner. It is now well known that this approach is often times very costly to the local, national or regional economies. Uncontrolled economic development that depletes natural capital and generates serious pollution is not sustainable for either the present or future generations. Integrating environmental management into the design and implementation of development interventions can go a long way to mitigate the negative environmental effects and to enhance the environmental and socio-economic benefits.
HOW PARTICIPANTS WILL BENEFIT
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
• Review the concept of sustainable development & its linkage to the environment;
• Examine the drivers of environmental problems such as climate change;
• Integrate environmental management in decision making at project and strategic levels;
• Analyze environmental policy and policy instruments, legal and regulatory frameworks;
• Integrate community/public participation in environmental management;
• Implement ISO-based environmental management systems in organizations and projects.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Officials working in all social and economic development sectors with implications on the environment such as agriculture, transport, energy, water, mining, communication, health, trade and industry, local government, and tourism. The course is also relevant for officials from regulatory authorities in the above sectors and environment.
• Sustainable development and the environment;
• Drivers of environmental problems e.g. climate change;
• Information requirements for environmental management;
• Elements of project-level environmental impact assessment;
• Elements of strategic environmental impact assessment;
• Valuation of environmental impacts and resources;
• Policy and institutional framework for environmental management;
• Community participation/involvement in environmental management;
• Environmental management systems (ISO 14001).