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Title: Environmental assessment in slum improvement programs: Some evidence from a study on infrastructure projects in two Dhaka slums

Abstract

This paper reports findings from a study on slum improvement projects to show the difference that environmental assessment (EA) can make in such interventions and to suggest mechanisms for its integration into such projects. The findings are based on a field survey that was carried out in two slums of Dhaka where infrastructure projects were implemented. In one slum, the EA process was considered in designing and locating infrastructure and in the other it was not. The survey results traced the severe problems that existed in both slums before the implementation of infrastructure improvement projects and reveal that after the intervention the situation has considerably improved in the slum where EA was conducted. In contrast, some problems still persist in the other slum where EA was not considered. To make it worse, the newly built infrastructures have even given rise to a set of new problems. In order to avoid such negative outcomes from development interventions, the paper finally develops the mechanism for integration of EA into slum improvement project.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. SEA-UEMA Project, Urban Environmental Management, School of Environment, Resources and Development, Asian Institute of Technology, P.O. Box 4, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120 (Thailand)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20861650
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Environmental Impact Assessment Review
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 26; Journal Issue: 6; Other Information: DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2005.11.004; PII: S0195-9255(05)00140-X; Copyright (c) 2005 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Journal ID: ISSN 0195-9255
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; COMMUNITIES; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION; ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY; PLANNING; SOCIO-ECONOMIC FACTORS

Citation Formats

Chowdhury, Farhat Jahan, and Amin, A.T.M. Nurul. Environmental assessment in slum improvement programs: Some evidence from a study on infrastructure projects in two Dhaka slums. United States: N. p., 2006. Web. doi:10.1016/j.eiar.2005.11.004.
Chowdhury, Farhat Jahan, & Amin, A.T.M. Nurul. Environmental assessment in slum improvement programs: Some evidence from a study on infrastructure projects in two Dhaka slums. United States. doi:10.1016/j.eiar.2005.11.004.
Chowdhury, Farhat Jahan, and Amin, A.T.M. Nurul. Tue . "Environmental assessment in slum improvement programs: Some evidence from a study on infrastructure projects in two Dhaka slums". United States. doi:10.1016/j.eiar.2005.11.004.
@article{osti_20861650,
title = {Environmental assessment in slum improvement programs: Some evidence from a study on infrastructure projects in two Dhaka slums},
author = {Chowdhury, Farhat Jahan and Amin, A.T.M. Nurul},
abstractNote = {This paper reports findings from a study on slum improvement projects to show the difference that environmental assessment (EA) can make in such interventions and to suggest mechanisms for its integration into such projects. The findings are based on a field survey that was carried out in two slums of Dhaka where infrastructure projects were implemented. In one slum, the EA process was considered in designing and locating infrastructure and in the other it was not. The survey results traced the severe problems that existed in both slums before the implementation of infrastructure improvement projects and reveal that after the intervention the situation has considerably improved in the slum where EA was conducted. In contrast, some problems still persist in the other slum where EA was not considered. To make it worse, the newly built infrastructures have even given rise to a set of new problems. In order to avoid such negative outcomes from development interventions, the paper finally develops the mechanism for integration of EA into slum improvement project.},
doi = {10.1016/j.eiar.2005.11.004},
journal = {Environmental Impact Assessment Review},
issn = {0195-9255},
number = 6,
volume = 26,
place = {United States},
year = {2006},
month = {8}
}