Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) / Environmental Audit (EA) Training 9Th - 27Th May 2022

University of Eldoret is accredited by the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) to carry out Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Environmental Audit (EA) training, and as such the University has mounted a 3-week intensive training from 9th- 27th May 2022 at the Main Campus. The training is also offered under the approved SES 805 EIA Curriculum of University of Eldoret.

The training attracted 25 participants from various institutions and organizations including; University of Eldoret, University of Embu, Moi University, Maasai Mara University, Elgeyo Marakwet County, Migori County and from Public and Private sectors. According to the programme Coordinator, Dr. Job K. Ngetich, the learning outcomes of the training programme involve equipping participants with skills to:

  1. Prepare/ or write EIA study reports
  2. Carry out Environment Audits and write EA reports
  3. Use EIA as a decision-making tool in project planning and management
  4. Mainstream EIA /EA practices in organizations
  5. Initiate eco-friendly projects
  6. Form a team and participate in a team, in an EIA process
  7. Review EIA/EA Report

While officially opening the training, the Chief Guest, the Vice-Chancellor of University of Eldoret, represented by Prof. Wilson Ngetich, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration and Finance) thanked the participants for choosing University of Eldoret out of many other registered training institutions in Kenya as their training destination in EIA/EA training.

Prof. Ngetich said that EIA has gained prominence since the 1960s and its aim is to equip trainers with knowledge and skills on how environmental issues can be integrated in projects, programs actions and in our daily operations with the sole purpose of achieving sustainable development.

Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Audit is a technique in environmental management that is used to make decisions on whether the intended project, program or action is in harmony with the environment or not. EIA/EA provides for, screening, scooping, individual stakeholder and community participation in proposed project’s phases through; construction, operation and decommissioning stages. It is important to note that the mitigation measures proposed are to solve negative biophysical, socio-cultural and economic components of the environment while enhancing their corresponding positive benefits.

He noted that Environmental Impact Assessment/Audit process provides for evaluation of project alternatives, from the dimensions of; no project alternatives, change of sites and the use of appropriate technologies before a decision is made.

He reminded the participants that global environmental problems are on the increase including climate change, deforestation, floods, fire outbreaks pollution, loss of biodiversity, outbreaks of diseases such as COVID-19 among others. These environmental challenges can be obviated if EIA/EA as a tool is embraced by all of us as individuals and communities. The Chief Guest urged participants to integrate EIA/EA in emerging issues in such areas as in green economy, blue economy and from white to greywater levels. Quoting from the contribution of Prof. Wangari Mathai, Nobel Lauriat who said; “No action is small in an effort to save life on this planet.”

Prof. Ng’etich said EIA/EA training represents one of our milestones in ensuring our environmental integrity. He informed participants that all citizens are bound by Article 42 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010, which enunciates; that every Kenyan has a right to a clean and healthy environment. Every individual stakeholder, community and institution has responsibility to operationalize this article, and this EIA/EA training is aimed at fulfilling this national requirement.

In attendance were, the Dean of School of Environmental Studies represented by Dr. Judith Khazenzi, Dr. Edward Juma, North Rift Regional Director of Environment (NEMA), and Resource Persons. The training will be officially closed on 27th May 2022.

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