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PLP_ESS Module 14: Environmental Monitoring and Management Plan (EMMP). A Pacific case study (Alan Sewell)

Environmental Monitoring and Management Plan (EMMP) is a key component of a successful ESIA/EIA however all too often it is poorly designed or incomplete and submitted only as a draft with the EIA for approval. EMMP should form the basis for approving developments and setting approval conditions, it is also how regulators can measure the success of developers and operators mitigation management, therefore it is important to understand what goes into a good EMMP and how to implement them. During this session the facilitators will take the participants through the steps for identifying risks, hazards and impacts that need to be addressed in an EMMP by using a regional case study.

This module aims at:
(i) Demonstrating how the EMMP is developed throughout the EIA/EISA, and into the approval of the development by the regulators, how it has been used as part of the approval conditions,
(ii) Describe how the EMMP has been updated during construction as different phases of the project progress and or new risks/hazards are identified for each phase and or external conditions such as seasonal changes etc.
(iii) Explained how the EMMP is tracked, reported against and provide examples of what has happened when a trigger or threshold has been reached – who is responsible, who is reported to what actions are taken – this may include use of the GRM and OHS reporting as well as environmental exceedances in the context of ESF.