Social Impact Assessment

The Social Impact Assessment is an important component of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and aims to achieve a more sustainable and equitable biophysical and human environment. Through this study, the geographic area and the stakeholders to be affected by the proposed project are identified. Qualitative and quantitative data are collected and analyzed to understand and assess the social environment of the area.  Potential impacts of the project on social, cultural, economic, heritage as well as health of the community are then identified. The SIA aids in developing monitoring and management plans for addressing social changes that may directly or indirectly result from the project. Methods such as the conduct of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) programs; Key Informant Interviews (KII); and Focused Group Discussions (FGD) are employed as necessary to ensure public participation.