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Public Consultation and their willingness to participate in the EIA process is a vital ingredient for an effective EIA, as improves not only the EIA process but also overall project planning, appraisal, infrastructure development and design. There is clear evidence that external stakeholder participation improves project design, environmental resilience, social and consenting acceptability. So, what are the EIA leadership demands in achieve this and are you making the most of the process?
This 1-day course focuses not on the statutory processes of public participation, but uniquely on the leadership skills and influences that EIA team leaders can exert on the process. It looks at how leadership in EIA can improve information flows between the project team and different stakeholder groups, how a one size fits all approach can hinder external understanding and ‘ownership’ of projects. The course will also look at strategies on how to target specific issues and how to respond to different stakeholders’ needs, utilizing EIA public participation as a two way communication management tool to help harness traditional or geographical knowledge which conventional approaches can often overlook. It will often test methods concerning mitigation opportunities with stakeholders to improve the acceptability and quality of mitigation and monitoring.