About the Course:
Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) reports are prepared to identify and assess the probable impacts, positive or negative, on the various facets of environment from proposed developmental and industrial projects. Along with the EIA, an Environment Management Plan (EMP) is also prepared which details out the mitigation measures to minimize the negative impacts of the project on the environment. EIA together with EMP completes the report. EIA-EMP reports are required for obtaining environmental clearance for most of the projects in our country as per the EIA Notification of 2006 under the Environment (Protection) Act 1986.
Preparation of EIAs requires knowledge about the concerned Sector of the Industry/ Developmental project and its environmental, ecological and social ramifications. These reports require multi-disciplinary inputs related to land use, air pollution, water pollution, noise and vibration, geology, hydrogeology, ecology, socio-economy etc. Thus, for preparation of EIAs, experts in 12 areas of expertise called Functional Area Experts (FAEs) are required. The person coordinating the study is called the EIA Coordinator (EC).
QCI-NABET being the national accreditation body, developed an accreditation Scheme for EIA Consultant Organizations. The Scheme details out the expertise and facilities required by a consultancy organization wishing to conduct an EIA-EMP study and define the criteria of assessment. The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) mandated, first by an Office Memorandum on Dec 2, 2009 and then through a Notification dated March 3, 2015 that only consultants accredited under the QCI- NABET Scheme can prepare and present EIA-EMPs to the regulatory authorities for obtaining environmental clearances.
What you will learn
The Modules while explaining the basic theoretical aspects emphasize on the applied water pollution areas. The various issues are explained with examples which will help you to understand how the actual field becomes applied. The broad coverage of the 5 Modules are as under:
Module 1 – Basics of water and waste water, water budget, water audit, water conservation, rain water harvesting
Module 2 – Rules & regulations applicable to water and wastewater
Module 3. Water and wastewater sampling, monitoring, testing/analysis and interpretation of data
Module 4 – Treatment processes for water and wastewater
Module 5 – identification and assessment of impacts including water quality modelling
Benefits of Certification
- Equip the student to appreciate the applied aspects of this field improving his/her chances of employment in the environment profession
- Experienced experts may refresh their knowledge and skill helping them in their professional work even as a freelancer
- Improve his/her chances to be approved as FAE in Water Pollution and quality under the QCI-NABET Scheme