Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is the process of evaluating the possible environmental implications of a proposed project or development, considering both positive and negative inter-related socioeconomic, cultural, and human-health impacts. EIA is defined by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as a tool used to identify the environmental, social, and economic implications of a project prior to deciding. It seeks to predict environmental impacts early in project planning and design, to discover ways and means to limit negative impacts, to adapt projects to fit the local environment, and to give predictions and options to decision-makers. EIA can provide both environmental and economic benefits, such as reduced project implementation and design costs, and reduced impact of laws and regulations.
SmartAfrique R&D Consults Ltd. supports a wide range of local, regional and international clients with Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) services across the Agricultural, power/renewable energy, mining, infrastructure, industry, oil & gas, and built environment sectors.
We work closely with project teams to identify potential environmental and social risks/impacts, and develop inclusive, pragmatic and affordable strategies that avoid, mitigate and/or offset significant impacts and risks. We believe that our ability to merge technical & regulatory knowledge with extensive practical experience sets us apart from other consultants. In addition to the legislation, guidelines and policies at a country level, our team frequently works with the frameworks adopted by international funding institutions (IFIs) including the World Bank, IFC, EBRD, EIB, ADB, AFDB, AFD, KFW and OPIC. With this knowledge and experience our team supports clients to achieve technical optimization, regulatory approval, international funding, value adding environmental social and governance (ESG) performance, and social license to operate.
Where we can help?
Development of ESIA documents
Development of Environmental and Social Management and Monitoring Plans (ESMMP)
Ensuring compliance with regulatory/agency/IFI ESIA requirements
Environmental and Social Baselines and Monitoring
ESIA Project Management
Human Rights Assessments
Gender Based Assessment and Action Plans
Climate change impact analysis and adaptation
Stakeholder Engagement and Consultation Plans
Resettlement Action Plans
Livelihood Restoration Plans
Land Access, Acquisition and Compensation Plans
Indigenous people assessments
Critical habitat assessment
Biodiversity offset management plans