The objective of this course is to provide the philosophical, conceptual, legal, and technical basis for Environmental Impact Assessment. EIA is now considered as one of the most effective tools of operationalizing the concept of sustainable development at the national level. The course will explain the institutional setup and procedure of EIA in Sri Lanka . Special attention will be paid to EIA best-practice, methodologies adopted, and the skills required. The students will be trained through the course in the preparation of an EIA report. The course also includes a field visit to an actual project site and the preparation of a mini-EIA report.

The course focuses on conceptual bases for EIA, legal and institutional aspects of EIA in Sri Lanka, scope of EIA, scientific bases for EIA, EIA process and methodology, social impact assessment, environmental economic analysis, and the preparation of an EIA report.