We are happy to announce the first publications of our research project ‘Ten years after: A reality check on impact assessments of infrastructural projects’.
This project aims to establish how impact assessments can be made more accurate and to reflect on what we may and may not expect of this instrument. The project reflects, along with specialised agencies, on what might be done to close the gap between the real and projected impacts of investments in infrastructure. It is a collaboration between LANDac, SDC at Wageningen University and Royal HaskoningDHV.
The publication of this study focuses on exploring and identifying the key concerns and debates in the field of ESIA, and on identifying ways to improve ESIA, and enhance its potential to contribute to sustainable development and reduce negative social impacts.
A literature study was conducted to bring together what has been written concerning the effectiveness of ESIA and how well the instrument is working, and then interviews were held with 13 ESIA experts. This report presents the findings of this explorative study and identifies the main concerns and ways to improve ESIAs.
Additionally, a 2-pager has been created based on this report.
More publications will follow in the coming months, as field research is currently being conducted on this topic in different countries.
Cover photo: Dam under construction in Sri Lanka. © Lakshman Nadaraja/World Bank