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

Draft for Consultation and Comment
Version 22 August 2016

7.4 Key questions for meaningful public participation at the scoping step

At the end of the Scoping step, the following questions should be able to be answered by the project proponent, EIA consultant, EIA Authority, PAP and other stakeholders. These key questions are intended to serve as guidance to help determine if the objective of participation in Scoping has been adequately met.

Table 8: Key questions for meaningful public participation at the Scoping step


Known or Completed (Y/N)


Who prepared the Scoping Report and Terms of Reference?

Have all the key issues and impacts that might be caused by the project, and that require investigation, been included in the ToR?

Are the size, scale and location of the project proposal clearly identifiable?

How much land will be required for the project? What is the current status of that land?

What plans, maps and diagrams are available?

Who will finance the project?

What is the timeframe for the construction and operation of the project? How long will it take to construct?

Was an initial Scoping meeting held early in the step?

Was a Scoping meeting held to elicit community views on key issues and potential impacts for inclusion in the ToR?

Was a Scoping meeting held to present the draft Scoping Report, draft ToR and draft Public Participation Plan, and to seek feedback on these drafts?

Have all PAP – both direct and indirect – and other stakeholders been involved in the public participation processes in the Scoping step?

What are the key issues, concerns and/or preferences of PAP, stakeholders and the public in relation to social and environmental matters?

Were the public participation inputs considered in this step, and was the extent of that consideration explained?

What are the key unresolved issues and how should they be addressed in the Scoping Report or ToR?

Do the Scoping Report and draft ToR identify project alternatives for investigation?

Has a tailored Public Participation Plan been prepared to guide the rest of the EIA process?

How will the PAP and other stakeholders be able to participate in the next steps of public participation?

Has the approved Scoping Report and ToR been made publicly available?