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Course #4. Effective Implementation of Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs): How Can We Improve?





The theme of IAIA19 challenges all IA practitioners to think about the evolution or revolution of IA.  A key question is “What is the point of IA if its recommendations are not effectively implemented?”  Do we need to shift away from front-loading the IA process to focusing more on monitoring and enforcement? The lack of follow-up to determine the predicted consequences and efficacy of avoidance and mitigation measures is a major concern and has inspired the course instructors to present this two-day course on compliance monitoring and auditing.
The aim of the course is to improve trainees’ understanding of the different roles and responsibilities of environmental and social monitoring and enforcement and explain how to set up a systematic, robust monitoring and auditing system following the Plan–Do–Check–Act Model.  The course facilitators will offer lectures and case studies, stimulate discussions, and activate group work. We expect the participants to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Understand how to put in place effective monitoring processes in order to verify whether the predicted outcomes are being realized.
Ensure the effective implementation of environmental mitigation plans to protect communities and the environment through robust auditing systems.
Level: Intermediate to advanced
Prerequisites: Participants must have knowledge of the EIA process and some experience with project monitoring or auditing.
Language: English
Duration: 2 days (27-28 April)
Price: US$520
Min/Max: 10-35
Requirements: Laptop suggested but not required.

Charlotte Bingham, Consultant (USA)

Bryony Walmsley, Southern African Institute for Environmental Assessment (South Africa)

Defne Arisoy, Senior Environmental Engineer at TANAP (Turkey)


Charlotte Bingham has more than 40 years’ experience in ESIA, starting in the US in 1977. For 18 years she prepared EAs for US and international infrastructure projects as part of a multi-disciplinary team and managed these teams for an A&E consulting firm. From 1994 through 2010 she administered EA processes and conducted EA review with USAID (Senior Regional Advisor at regional office in Nairobi), the World Bank (Africa Safeguards Coordinator and Lead Environmental Specialist) and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC Senior Director and Practice Leader).  As a consultant from 2010 through the present, she provides technical assistance on Involuntary Resettlement as well as ESIA and has served on expert panels.  Her training experience includes:

  • 1973-1976:  Wheaton College. Massachusetts. Urban Studies and Field Work Program Instructor.
  • 1980: Responsible for two-week Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Training for Transportation Planners, Ministry of Transport, Guyana.
  • 1982: Co-developed and delivered West Africa Regional USAID Seminar in Techniques of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment hosted by Ivory Coast Ministry of Environment.
  • 1989-1994: Instructor in Environmental Assessment Training Course, Centre for Environmental Management and Training, U. of Aberdeen.
  • 1991-1994: Developed and delivered (6 times per year) NEPA modules for Executive Enterprises Environmental Regulation Course.
  • 1994-1999: Designed USAID Environmental Documentation Manual for PL 480 Cooperating Sponsors Implementing Food-Aided Development Program, adopted agency-wide; developed training and delivered to 180 individuals of NGOs in five week-long courses.  

Developed the Africa Regional Environmental Assessment Training Course in English and French to enable USAID partners to prepare environmentally and socially sound, small-scale activities; led trainings for more than 400 participants representing over 100 institutions in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Uganda, Tanzania, Madagascar, Mali, Kenya and Rwanda.

  • 1999-2009: At the World Bank and MCC, training courses developed and delivered in safeguards consistent with the policies of each institution.
  • 2013-2015: IAIA Integrated Environmental Management course in Calgary, Vina del Mar and Florence.  
  • 2014-2017:  Technical assistance to World Bank to establish the Vietnam Learning Center. Guided, prepared and helped deliver Training of Trainers courses in ESIA, Involuntary Resettlement, EIA Review, Biodiversity and Health Impacts plus shorter courses for PMUs in ESIA and Involuntary Resettlement.

Bryony Walmsley has almost 40 years’ experience in environmental consulting, starting in Canada in 1980. She has lived and worked in southern Africa since 1983. After 24 years as an EA consultant, she moved to the Southern African Institute for Environmental Assessment where she specialises in capacity building and training, development of reference materials, external review of large projects, environmental compliance auditing and development and research of environmental tools. She has extensive experience in all aspects of EIA practice, including participating and managing large EIAs for infrastructure and mining projects throughout southern Africa. More recently, she has participated in multi-disciplinary teams for several Strategic Environmental Assessments on a diverse range of policies, programmes, sector and regional developments. She has developed and conducted many training courses for a wide variety of clients, including the World Bank, UNDP, many African governments, IAIA (CBBIA project) and other private clients. She developed and presented a course on Managing the EA Process at IAIA08, co-presented a course with Peter Tarr on Quality Assurance in EA at IAIA11 and IAIA12 and co-presented a course with Charlotte Bingham on Integrated EIA for three consecutive years (2013-2015) at the annual IAIA conference.

Defne Arisoy has 20 years’ general experience in Environmental Management and Monitoring since 1998. She has been in the oil and gas industry for 18 years conducting training, environmental management, monitoring and auditing. After 13 years of experience in a refinery, Defne started her role in the TANAP Project as an EIA expert and continued with Environmental Monitoring, Inspection, Auditing and Compliance Reviews as Senior Environmental Engineer during the construction of the pipeline. She presented some lectures at the local well-known universities as a guest lecturer on Environmental Management and Monitoring, including HS. She has been serving as a mentor since 2015 in the project, which has been started by LIMAK Foundation, “The Engineer Girls of Turkey (EGT)” that attracts schoolgirls from all over the country having engineering education. The project is being carried out in partnership with the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Family and Social Policies and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) since June 2016.