ENVIRO-DEV as Lead International Consultant with Hernes Projektering, Vista Analyse and Sweco of Norway will be providing training on valuation of environmental damages, baseline methodologies, inspection and monitoring. Ecosystem services, biodiversity, vegetation, aquatic, water quality and land as covered by the EU Environmental Liability Directive will be the focus – in line with the drafted and existing Georgian policies. Project is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Administered by ICH, Norway.
Dhillion of ENVIRO-DEV continued the monitoring of impacts of capacity building in renewable energy development, focusing on hydropower – the global capacity building performance study. A case study approach is being used. The work has moved into the 2nd phase for a number of the cases being studied. During the above period he was able to cover cases in Zambia, Ghana, Bhutan and Nepal.
ENVIRO-DEV served as key designer and trainer in two regional capacity building courses in Africa. In South Africa Risk Management and Environmental Compliance in Renewable Energy Projects took place in Ladysmith. The Process of Social Impact Assessment training was held in Accra, Ghana. Participants from >10 nations completed the courses. ICH, Norway managed the capacity building courses funded by Norad, Norway.
ENVIRO-DEV and Univ. of Gothenburg will be presenting at IAIA Special Symposium “Using Impact Assessment to Achieve the SDGs in Asia,” taking place 1-2 October 2018 in Kuching, Malaysia. IAIA is the International Association for Impact Assessment based in the USA.
Dhillion of ENVIRO-DEV as Environmental and Social Safeguard Specialist for Asian Development Bank (ADB TA-8484 INO) assisted in drafting the Environmental and Social Safeguard Framework Arrangement for PT Indonesia Infrastructure Finance (IIF; http://iif.co.id/en/).
Dhillion wrote a chapter on benefit sharing in a planned book (Earthscan, UK) addressing risks, conflicts and transforming them, and sustainable development, .
Evaluation of capacity building in renewal energy projects: case studies in Bhutan, Nepal, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Myanmar, Sudan, Ethiopia, Honduras, Costa Rica and Colombia. Impacts and outputs of capacity building and training of two 5-yr programmes funded by Norad and the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs are being studied. Approach includes utilizing a logical framework for performance monitoring and evaluation, OECD approaches, IFI benchmarks and SDG comprehension.
World Bank funded project Assessment of National Policy on Benefit Sharing in Hydropower Projects initiated in 2018. ENVIRO-DEV is in partnership with Muliconsult (lead) on this project studying benefit sharing in PNG.
Two Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) reports prepared by ENVIRO-DEV were disclosed by MIGA (World Bank Group). Transboundary My Ly Hydropower and Nam Mo 1 Hydropower Projects. https://www.miga.org/Pages/Projects/Project.aspx?pid=3615
Social assessment by ENVIRO-DEV in pre-feasibility study of renewable energy project site alternatives in two areas in Sabah. Some areas have good quality forest and are inhabited by indigenous people. Livelihoods are dependent on small-scale agriculture, swidden systems and forest-water resources.