Environmental Governance



Background

Environmental governance is the discipline that considers the frameworks that we use to manage and use the environment in such a way that we ensure sustainability of healthy lives in a fair and just manner to current as well as future generations while maintaining sustained thrust towards development. Novo Habitus Consulting Limited offers training in various aspects of environmental governance including:

  1. Environmental and Social Impact Assessments
  2. Environmental Management Systems

These environmental governance frameworks can be applied in various projects, such as mining, road construction, and energy and power lines construction. While ESIAs are conducted pre-project implementation, EMS is implemented during the project implementation phase. This comprehensive approach to projects ensures that development outcomes are fair and just to all. Most importantly, successfully implementing these environmental governance frameworks assures you and your team of the social licence to operate in any community.

1. ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT SKILLS TRAINING

For a long time, training in ESIA has focused on imparting knowledge to the practitioners. Despite knowledge being very important, its use has been limited because the translation of that knowledge into action has been limited. At Novo Habitus Consulting Ltd, we pride ourselves in building individuals with competence: the capability to do things. Therefore, we have designed this course for the practitioner who wants to know the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of conducting ESIAs in a professional manner. The course has quantum benefits for both practitioners and investors working in the private and NGO sector.

Benefits to the practitioners

This module equips you and your team with the necessary skills and competencies that will get you from visualising the project’s environmental and social impacts to designing the collection of baseline data, conducting the collection of baseline data, analysis and report writing in such a way that you can identify the environmental and social impacts and define ways of mitigating the negative and enhancing the positive impacts.

Benefits to the Investors

ESIAs are a tool for gaining the social licence to operate in a community. As an investor, you cannot let the opportunity of building trust with the community slip through your fingers. This training provides you with the knowledge and skill to develop a relationship with the community before the project starts hence saving you a lot of costs and stress during implementation. It also equips you with the ability to judge for yourself whether an ESIA meets the minimum professional standards or not.

2. ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR

Does your organisation need an EMS?

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Is your organisation required to comply with environmental laws and regulations?
  • Are you looking for ways to improve your environmental performance?
  • Is the state of your organisation’s environmental affairs a significant liability?
  • Does a lack of time and resources prevent your organisation from managing its environmental obligations effectively?
  • Is the relationship between your environmental goals and other goals unclear?

If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions, then this course is for you and your environmental performance team!

Key Benefits of an EMS include:

  • Improved environmental performance
  • Competitive advantage
  • Reduced costs
  • Employee involvement
  • Enhanced customer trust
  • Meeting customer requirements
  • Improved public image
  • Improved compliance
  • Reduced liability
  • Fewer accidents
  • More favourable credit terms/credit worthiness

The course is designed to impart skills for developing the EMS from scratch for those that do not have one. For those already having an EMS, it bolsters their ability to execute the EMS.

Target Audience

The course is targeted at the practitioners and implementers of environmental management in organisations.

Enrollment

To register for this course contact us on the following:

Email: ems@novohabitusconsulting.co.mw

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