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

Draft for Consultation and Comment
Version 22 August 2016

6. Step 1: Public Participation in Screening

  1. Screening is the first step in a formal environmental assessment process, during which a decision is made by the relevant government EIA Authority whether or not an IEE, EIA, or some other form of environmental assessment is needed for a proposed project. The decision on whether or not a specific project is subject to an EIA is determined according to each country’s existing procedures, which typically list the project types required to conduct an EIA. Some countries also allow the EIA Authority the discretion to require a project to require an EIA if the project is likely to have a significant impact on the environment, regardless of the screening list.