Environmental Impact Assessment Questionnaire

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Environmental Impact Assessment Questionnaire

  • This questionnaire supplements the project or tender document. Together they form the basis for the Austrian Development Cooperation’s mandatory Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for projects within the bilateral programme and project assistance.

  • If an independent EIA report already exists, this can, of course, be enclosed with the project or tender document instead of the completed questionnaire.

  • If the project has been subject (or will still be subject before implementation on the ground) to an EIA within the framework of the national legislation of the partner country, it is not necessary to complete this questionnaire, provided that an appropriate note to this effect is made and appended to the project documentation. If possible, the relevant written report or position of the competent national authority should also be enclosed.

  • If the current project constitutes an extension or a further phase of a particular project, where the goals, strategies and planned activities do not differ substantially from those of the preceding phase, reference to the EIA report and EIA result of the preceding phase is sufficient. Completing the questionnaire will not be necessary. However, any recommendations made in the EIA report of the preceding phase should be taken into account or duly reflected, either in the project or tender document itself or in an appropriate way on a separate sheet of paper.

  • Please write your answers in the space provided immediately below the questions.

  • Where appropriate, reference may be made to information which is already contained in the project or tender document.

  • Explanations to the questions can be found in the supplement entitled "Notes on the Environmental Impact Assessment Questionnaire"

  1. Is the project strictly limited to:

□ Family planning?

□ Food assistance, emergency aid, or refugee aid, or disaster relief (whereas no longer-term infrastructural measures, such as infrastructure for water and energy supply, are planned)?

□ The promotion of basic education (whereas no investments for buildings and infrastructure are planned)?

□ The promotion of culture?

□ The financing of conferences, meetings, workshops, seminars and other training measures, and/or institutional support for the promotion of democracy and human rights/good governance?

If yes, please tick the appropriate box. You do not have to answer the other questions.

  1. To what extent is the project in line with international, national and regional environmental goals, programmes and priorities, and does it take these into account? (e.g. National Sustainable Development Strategies, National Environmental Action Plans, Action Plans for combating desertification, plans for implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity, etc.)

  2. Does the project take into account the environmentally relevant national laws, e.g. concerning the use of natural resources, EIA guidelines, etc.? If so, which ones and how?

  3. Was the regional/local environmental situation analysed and the interaction with the social, economic and cultural milieu examined to see whether the pressure on natural resources could indirectly increase? In which way, and how, did the results obtained influence the project conception?

  4. Was the project planning undertaken jointly with the partners and the affected population, taking into account their views of the environmental situation and conditions? How does the project reflect these views?

  5. To what extent were different approaches and instruments discussed, in order to minimise any potentially negative effects on the environment or to provide for restorative or compensatory measures?

  6. Are the project staff, partners and all parties concerned sensitised to environmental problems and the direct and indirect effects on the environment? Are any accompanying measures foreseen in order to promote environmental awareness and knowledge and to enable the project participants to pass on the knowledge they have acquired?

  7. a. Is an examination of the environmental effects (and the feedback of the results of such an examination) planned during the implementation of the project? If so, how and when?

b. Which indicators were defined for monitoring negative/positive effects?

  1. Have the costs for the above-mentioned measures been adequately provided for in the budget plan?

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