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Continuous Improvement Strategy and Its Progress...
the review of the EIA Ordinance in August 1999, progress has been
made concerning each of the seven key elements identified for the
Ordinance's continuous improvement strategy.
To enhance public
participation in the EIA process, the18 District Boards have been
more closely involved. In 1999, all District Boards were briefed
on the operation of the EIA Ordinance. Currently, the secretariats
of the relevant District Councils are notified by fax of the availability
of project profiles and/or EIA reports for their members' information
and comment. To facilitate participation from members of the public
at large, bilingual Chinese and English versions of project profiles
have been required from 1 January 2000 for all EIA study brief applications
and applications to apply directly for an environmental permit.
EIAO Help Bench
of a "Cyber EIAO Help Bench" was proposed to provide consistent
advice, examples and resource materials through the EIAO website
to help proponents and consultants manage issues that are frequently
encountered during the preparation of project profiles and EIA reports.
The Cyber EIAO Help Bench is currently in the process of being set
up and trial runs of the EIAO Help Bench will be conducted to ensure
the technical practicality and the friendliness of the software
before it is introduced officially online.
notes and other materials covering key areas of interest have been
proposed to assist project proponents and consultants. EIAO Liaison
Groups have prepared and discussed several drafts for new guidance
notes or guidelines. These include "Basic Principles of Environmental
Impact Assessment Process", "The Role and Operation of
Environmental Study Management Group", "Flexibility and
Enforceability of Mitigation Measures Proposed in an EIA Report".
"The Role of Independent Environmental Checker", "Implementation
Schedule for Mitigation Measures arising from the EIA Process",
"Ecological Assessment from EIAO Perspectives", "Ecological
Baseline Survey for Ecological Assessment", and "Preparation
of Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment under EIAO". The
drafts have been revised and will be finalised soon for publication.
EIAO Project Template
the public, project proponents and consultants to check more
easily the status of various projects and to promote the sharing
of knowledge and experiences, a "Cyber EIAO Project Template"
has been suggested for major projects that have commenced
construction. An initial Cyber EIAO Project Template has been
completed and shown to consultants and contractors. As a further
improvement, the Project Template will be upgraded to establish
a web-based database on project environmental performance
for public access on the internet and to facilitate data input
by individual project agents. The project commenced in third
quarter 2001 with completion in 2002.
Users Liaison Groups
To promote better
communication and experience sharing, the establishment of "EIAO
Users Liaison Groups" for both government and private sector
proponents, and a similiar "EIAO Practitioners Liaison Group"
for consultants has been proposed. Liaison Groups would work together
to develop the "Cyber EIAO Help Bench". Four EIAO Liaison
Groups have been established, including the EIAO Users Liaison Group
for Government Departments; the EIAO Practitioners Liaison Group
for EIA consultants; the EIAO Users Liaison Group for private sector
and public corporations; the EIAO Users Liaison Group for contractors.
The direct communication and experience-sharing at the above meetings
Comment via Electronic Submission
the means by which the public may provide comments and opinions
on project profiles and EIA reports, an internet e-mail account
has been created for public comment.
EIA Interest Group
of a web-based interest group was proposed to allow interested members
of the public to receive information and news on the EIA Ordinance
or any new guidance notes issued. Technical arrangements for the
web-based interest group are in progress. The service is expected
to be available in 2002, depending on technical practicality and
friendliness of the software.