Directorate of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (DESIA)

This Directorate is led by the Director

Objective

To provide technical advice on environmental and social impacts assessment of new and existing projects.

Activities

  • Oversee the process of registration, deregistration and regulation of performance of individual Environmental as well as Firms of Experts.
  • Build the capacity of sector Ministries and Local Government Authorities on the environmental and social impact assessments
  • Review and prepare guidelines, manuals and procedures for conducting Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and Audits and disseminate to stakeholders.
  • Supervise and coordinate screening and reviewing of project briefs, scoping reports and approves Terms of Reference for conducting ESIA and Environmental Audit (EA) studies.
  • Coordinate review of ESIA/EA reports and the Technical Advisory Committee meetings to deliberate on submitted reports.
  • Advice on matters related to reviews of ESIA/EA reports
  • Facilitates the process of issuance of Provisional Permits for Industrial related projects
  • Coordinate District Authorities, Sector Ministries and the Public participation in the ESIA review process.
  • Review draft general and specific conditions for the recommended projects and advice for issuance of ESIA/EA certificate
  • Maintain and monitor a database of registered and approved projects and list of certified environmental firms of experts.
  • Organize public Hearing for projects
  • Resolve disputes for any misconduct by EE and firms of experts and any related issues; and
  • Organize EE Advisory Committee and Disciplinary Committee meetings.