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General Information

According to the CEA Guideline book No 2, the NEA has identified two levels in the AEI process. These two levels are:

  • Initial Environmental Examination (IEE)
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (AEI)

The IEE, according to the NEA, is a report where possible impacts of a prescribed projects are assessed with a view to determining whether the impacts are significant or not. An IEE therefore must entail all the possible environmental impacts and the intensity of such impacts. In certain instances, the PI, if sufficiently documented, was considered an IEE by the PAAs. The IEE report, unlike the EIA, does not look into the alternatives to the proposed project, nor attempt to find means of mitigation for the identified impacts. The IEE also does not carry out any environmental cost benefit analysis in its reporting.

Though the CEA guideline identifies the IEE as part and parcel of the AEI process, in practice these two are treated as two separate reporting processes. The CEA itself elaborates that any prescribed project submitted to the CEA for approval must either submit an IEE or an EIA. Yet, as per the CEA guidelines, any PP who may submit an PI/IEE initially, may be required to submit an EIA owing to the complexity and significant impact of the proposed project.
Another confusion present in the IEE process is whether Public Participation is a mandatory step in the IEE process under the legislation. It is evident that except the FFPO all other legislations exclude public participation as a step of the IEE process. Yet in the FFPO, it requires that a mandatory public participation be carried for all IEEs as well.