Environmental Impact Assessments


What are environmental impact assessments?

Environmental impact assessment (EIA) is a tool used to identify the environmental, social and economic impacts of a project prior to decision-making. It aims to predict environmental impacts at an early stage in project planning and design, find ways and means to reduce adverse impacts, shape projects to suit the local environment and present the predictions and options to decision-makers.

What are the key elements of environmental impact assessments?

The key elements of an EIA are:-

  • Scoping:- Identifying key issues and concerns of interested parties;
  • Screening:- Deciding whether an EIA is required based on information collected;
  • Identifying and evaluating alternatives: Listing alternative sites and techniques and the impacts of each;
  • Mitigating measures dealing with uncertainty:- Reviewing the proposed action to prevent or minimise the potential adverse effects of the project;
  • Issuing EIA reports:- Reporting on the findings of the EIA.

What can CD&A do for you?

CD&A understands that EIAs are an important and critical aspect of development projects in Jamaica and around the world. As such, we offer EIA services in over 10 sectors, including:-
  • Energy;
  • Industry;
  • Infrastructure;
  • Transport;
  • Rural;
  • Urban; and
  • Water.
CD&A works closely with its clients, from the start of the process through to the end, in order to:-
  • Ensure that they understand the regulatory expectations and requirements;
  • Provide knowledge and advice on identifying potential impacts (both negative and positive); and
  • Outline practical mitigative solutions to the negative impacts.

Once you retain CD&A, you can be assured of our high level of personalized and professional service. We will go the extra mile to apply our over four hundred (400) cumulative man years of experience to your project, no matter the size.

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