Regional Guidelines on Public Participation in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

Draft for Consultation and Comment
Version 22 August 2016

Annex IV: Outline of a Generic Structure and Content of a Project Description

Brief Presentation

Guidance Notes

1. Sector and subsector

E.g. Energy production, Hydropower

2. Size

Size can be expressed in terms of area (or length if it is a road or other linear project), production, category/type, number of employees, project investment

3. Location

Overview map typically scale 1:200,000 or 1:20,000 depending on type of project. The map should include main natural features, like water bodies, forest, etc. existing infrastructure (roads, bridges, etc.) and human settlements in the proximities of the project. In case of an urban development, sensitive areas (schools, temples, markets, sites or monuments of cultural importance, commercial areas, etc.) should be clearly indicated.

4. Project components

  • Main production facilities
  • Internal infrastructure
  • Ancillary infrastructure and facilities

5. Overall time schedule

Present a diagram with the planned timing of:

  • Studies (incl. the EIA study)
  • Permitting/licensing
  • Concession agreements
  • Detailed design, contracting
  • Pre-construction activities
  • Construction activities
  • Operations
  • Decommissioning/closure/post closure

6. Project Organization

Organization chart, management, roles and responsibilities, etc.

Pre-construction and Construction Phases

7. Activity schedules

Diagram with the main components and their respective main construction activities and related mitigation measures

8. Location of project components

Site map (1:50,000 or 1:10,000) with location of project components such as roads, camps, mine, processing plant, storage areas, tailing dam, reservoir, power house, transmission line, bridges, etc.

9. Project Characteristics

Description of each of the main characteristics of the project:

  • Materials (amounts, types, sources)
  • Equipment, machinery
  • Conceptual design drawings

List the alternatives considered and assessed. Only consider realistic and reasonably feasible alternatives

10. Labor

  • Expected workforce, if possible short description of workforce per job type)
  • Expected origin of workforce
  • Type and location of worker accommodation
  • Health and Safety commitments

Operational Phase

11. Overview of operations

Brief description of project components including production processes and technologies, facilities and infrastructure.

Visual presentation of the completed project (e.g. a freehand drawing, layout)

Presentation of production data:

  • Input materials (amounts/year, types, qualities and characteristics, sources)
  • Water and energy consumption and sources
  • Outputs: products (amounts, characteristics) by-products, waste and other emissions)

12. Operations schedule

Time diagram presenting the main components and the main operations/processes and their respective mitigation measures

13. Site layout maps

Site layout maps (1:20,000 or better scale) showing the location of the main operational components

14. Components

Description of each component:

  • Facilities, technology, processes with simplified flow diagram
  • Location and visual presentation
  • Conceptual design drawings
  • Flow diagram: materials, water, energy, waste and other emissions
  • Materials handling, storage
  • Waste and wastewater management
  • Transport (means, timing, loads, routes)

15. Labor

Expected workforce (if possible workforce per job type) and origin of workforce

Type and location of worker accommodation

Health and Safety commitments

Decommissioning / Closure / Post Closure Phase

16. Overview

Closure Plan Requirements (Strategy, Policy, Main Objectives, time schedule, budgets, etc.)