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RHD Operational Procedure Technical Services Wing
 
Social and Environment - Environment Division
 
OP/SE/3.5 - Environmental Awareness Initiatives
 
Purpose and Scope :

The purpose of this procedure is to describe how to raise environmental awareness among RHD staff, contractors, vehicle operators, and local community to ensure optimum environmental planning and management of new road and bridge projects or to the expansion of existing projects takes place. The overall aim is to ensure all realise the environmental impact of RHD development works and how remedial measures can improve project sustainability.
 
Definitions :

Autonomous developments - Developments of variables of the system to be analysed when no change in present management actions takes place (zero policy alternatives). Future states of the system with no change of the present management.

Avifauna - Bird species of a particular area.

Base conditions - Existing physical, economic, social and environmental characteristics of the study area.

Bio-diversity - Variety and variability among living organisms.

Biota - Animal and plant species.

Clay - Common air pollutant as particulate.

Coal Tar & Pitch - It is a recognised car-cinogen causing cancer of skin, scrotum, lip, larynx & lung and possibly cancer of bladder.

Cement Particulate or Dust - The small cement particulate or dust enter the respiratory system and get deposited on the respiratory tract and lungs thereby making breathing difficult. Tuberculosis and asthma patients suffer the most at times. Constant exposure induces unconsciousness and even death.

Carbon dioxide - A gas taken up by green plants to make food. It is given off into the air when living organisms breaks down food molecules.

Compensation - The provision of replacement, enhancement, restoration measures for persons of unavoidable negative impacts of road project development.

Conservation - The practice of using natural resources wisely.

Database - A collection of various types of data sets (usually stored in a computer).

Erosion - The carrying away of soil by wind or moving water.

Flora - The plant life of a region or of a geological period, corresponding to the term Fauna for animal life.

Fauna - The animal life of a region or of a geological period, corresponding to the term Flora for plant life.

Intrusion - Entering into a place or encroachment without invitation.

Land take - The action of taking land for development.

Noise - 'Noise' is sound unwanted by the recipient. Consequently the two terms 'sound' and 'noise' can be used interchangeably from a physical viewpoint, but subjectively they evoke quite different responses. Environmental noise heard by people inside or outside of their homes can have a number of adverse effects. The main effect is annoyance, but secondary effects such as a reduction in property values can also be important.

Renewable resources - Resources that can be regenerated by the system within a reasonable time interval.

Smog - This is a coined word denoting a persistent combination of smoke and fog occurring under appropriate meteorological conditions.

Stakeholder - An individual; community or organisation likely to be directly or indirectly affected by or having an interest in a proposed road and bridge project. Stakeholders include general public, beneficiaries, project affected people, community representatives, government officials, technical persons and overseas donor agencies.

Topography - A detailed description or representation of the features, both natural and artificial of an area.
 
Responsibility :

Superintending Engineer - Social & Environment Circle (SE-SEC)

Approval of year wise awareness programme through training, seminar, workshop, advertisement and posters at strategic nodal points.

Liase with DoE, LGED, CEGIS, WARPO, and SPARRSO, obtain relevant data and information and update S & E Circle database.

Maintain interagency co-ordination (DCC, LGED, BWDB, WASA etc.) at the time of planning and implementation of projects to ensure that environmental considerations are incorporated into the projects.

Executive Engineer - Environment Division (EE-ED)

Initiate Awareness Programme of the year. Arrange training, seminars and workshops, advertise through posters and pamphlets.

Initiate Social & Environmental Circle staff development programme.

Organise environmental training to RHD management Staff to incorporate environmental issues into project planning.

Act as a Trainer in RHDTC for training on environmental issues.

Executive Engineer - Field Division (EE-FD)

Liase with stakeholders and ensure that local people realise the environmental issues and impacts of projects, involve the community in project planning and implementation.

Enable dialogue between RHD project planners and local people on all projects relevant environmental issues and distribute environmental handbook (containing basic environmental understanding related to road project).

Increase technical capacity of RHD staff, contractors and local people for understanding environmental issues and effective screening of projects.

Superintending Engineer - Field (SE-F)

Ensure that, Environment Field Division and Technical Services Wing (engineering design specialists) of RHD respond to community concerns about the potential impacts of the road project.

Effective consultation with local people on environmental management process.
 
Method :

4.1 ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS WITHIN SOCIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL CIRCLE

Initiate Social & Environment Circle staff development programme

Liase with DoE, LGED, CEGIS, WARPO and SPARRSO, obtain relevant data and information and update environmental database.

Liase with the RHDTC to arrange environmental training for the officers in the Circle.

4.2 ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS WITHIN RHD

Organise environmental training to RHD management staff to incorporate environmental issues into project planning

Increase technical capacity of RHD staff for understanding environmental issues and effective screening of projects

Develop intra-departmental co-ordination on environmental assessment issues for RHD projects

Include Environmental Management Plans in RHD Contract documents and train Contractors to use RHD Resettlement Guidelines, Environmental Guidelines and Environmental Manual at the time of their operation

Enable dialogue between RHD project planners and local people on all projects relevant environmental issues and distribute environmental handbook (containing basic environmental understanding related to road projects).

4.3 ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS FOR LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Liase with stakeholders and ensure that local people realise the environmental issues and impacts of projects, involve the community in project planning and implementation

Ensure that, Executive Engineer, Field Division and Technical Services Wing (engineering design specialists) of RHD respond to community concerns about the potential impacts of the road project.

Effective consultation with local people on environmental management process.

4.4 ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS THROUGH INTERAGENCY CO-ORDINATION

Maintain interagency co-ordination (DCC, LGED, BWDB, WASA etc.) at the time of planning and implementation of projects to ensure that environmental considerations are incorporated into the projects.
 
References :

Department of Environment (DoE) 1997, EIA Guidelines for Industries, Ministry of Environment and Forest. Dhaka

Operational Procedures; OP/SE/3.1, OP/SE/ 3.2, OP/SE/ 3.3, OP/SE/ 3.4

Environmental Guidelines, Volume 1, Environmental Management in the Roads and Highways Department, Ministry of Communications, January 2003

Environmental Manual, Volume 2 (under preparation), Environmental Management in the Roads and Highways Department, Ministry of Communications.
 
Procedure Flowchart :

The procedure flowchart for this procedure is detailed below -
 


 


 

 

For duties associated with each grade of personnel see

 

Updated on : 1/12/2003

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