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What is Environmental impact Assessment (EIA)?

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a systematic process which identifies, predicts and evaluates potential positive and negative impacts that a proposed project may have on the environment in its totality that is, physical, biological and socio economic aspects.

What are the legal implications of commencing a project without conducting an EIA?

Commencing project implementation without conducting an EIA constitutes an offence which carries a fine of K210, 000 or 5 years imprisonment or both.

In an effort to ensure that environmental concerns are integrated into economic development, the Government of the Republic of Zambia introduced the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process and promulgated and gazetted the EIA Regulations, Statutory Instrument No. 28 of 1997 (SI 20, 1997).

What is an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Service Charter?

A Service Charter for environmental assessment reports is used by ZEMA in line with provisions of the EMA as read with the EIA Regulations. The charter is divided in two parts as follows:

Part I covers Environmental project Briefs (EPBs); and part II covers Environmental Impact Statements (EIS’s0 and Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs).

What is the importance of conducting an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)?

EIA strives to harmonise environment and development by seeking to answer the following basic questions:

  • What will happen if the project is implemented?
  • How much change is going to occur?
  • Do the changes matter?
  • What should be done about the changes?
  • How can the decision-makers be informed about the effects?

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