Tuesday, October 20 , 2022 (PW) — The environmental impact assessment is anchored on the principle of sustainable development, that is, a development that meets the needs of the current generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. This then requires that every big project this generation does must adhere to the environmental standards of the day. Unfortunately, not doing so or putting the development agenda above everything else has led us to this point where the air is so polluted that it harms those who breathe it, alongside water and land pollution.
For this reason, the EIA, also known as the Environment and Social Impact Assessment, has been adopted in over 100 countries worldwide, as well as being a requirement for donor-funded projects from financiers such as the World Bank, European Union, and the United Nations. This makes it a constitutional provision in most countries that can be used in a court of law to stop a project that does not have an EIA.
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