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Environmental Impact Assessment

CORE SCIENTIFIC STAFF

Sr. No Name Designation
1 Dr. B. Anjan Kumar Prusty Senior Scientist

Environmental Impact Assessment

Since the inception of GUIDE, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) studies have been a crucial component of the institution’s activities. With its interdisciplinary expertise, GUIDE has been undertaking various environmental assessment studies with aim of providing ecologically sustainable developments that are environment friendly, economically feasible and socially acceptable. Under this theme, technical expertise is provided for undertaking EIA Studies, Short-term and Long-term Environmental Monitoring Programmes (aimed at specific target groups / corporate sectors), and Assessment of Environmental Contaminants and their Toxicological Implications. The EIA division has been instrumental in

  1. Regional Environmental Assessments: EIA to REIA
  2. Facilitating scientific understanding of a given region in terms of its environmental and ecological status in and around the areas of interest and which seek urgent attention – additional data base generation,
  3. Identifying and assessing the scale of the problem arising due to the either deliberate developmental interventions or natural consequence of some of the existing activities in the surrounding vicinity;
  4. Suggesting suitable and relevant remedial measures as and when necessary; and
  5. Preparing environmental management plan including conservation plan for protected areas (PAs) and wildlife habitats. These in total would contribute to the cause of sustainable development and overall conservation of natural resources for local denizens; and
  6. Environmental Carrying Capacity studies: Assessing carrying capacity of a given region in terms of accommodating industrial burden – stimulating sustainability in industrial growth and environmental conservation.
  7. Environmental Monitoring: Short-term and Long-term Environmental Monitoring Programme focusing on specific issues.

National Accreditation Board for Education and Training (NABET) has accredited GUIDE as a Consultant Organization for undertaking EIA studies in following sectors:

  • Mining of Minerals
  • Irrigation Projects
  • Ports, harbours, jetties, marine terminals, break waters and dredging

 

Currently the core EIA team comprises of experts from the following Functional Areas:

  • Land Use (LU)
  • Air Pollution Monitoring, Prevention & Control (AP)
  • Water Pollution Monitoring, Prevention & Control (WP)
  • Ecology & Biodiversity (EB)
  • Socio-Economic Aspects (SE)
  • Soil Conservation (SC)
  • Solid & Hazardous Waste Management (including Municipal Solid Wastes): SHW (SW/HW/MSW)

 

Currently, the EIA division is headed by Dr. B. Anjan Kumar Prusty, Senior Scientist. The Environmental Assessment studies are coordinated by the Head of the division, and being undertaken by a team of researchers relevant to the study (as per requirements).

Further, the division is also engaged in undertaking various environmental monitoring programme including Physical, Biological and Social aspects of Environment. Evaluation of various industrial environments hasalso been one of the core areas of the EIA division. Moreover, looking into the inevitable impact of anthropogenic activities, attempts are also made to assess the different chemical residues in environmental compartments. Currently, the contaminants of interests are heavy metals, pesticides and petroleum hydrocarbons. Emphasis is given in assessing the level of accumulation of these contaminant residues in different habitats and their biomagnification in food chains. Currently, fishes and birds are the model organisms in such studies. Studies on biomarkers, as early warning systems in assessing exogenous contamination in organisms, are also being planned to be initiated soon. Thus, in addition to routine EIA and Environmental Monitoring activities, other core research areas of EIA division are as below:

  • Rivers basin studies: Environmental-Flow and contaminant budgeting; inter-basin water transfer and aquatic ecosystem health
  • Contaminant (agrochemical residues) transfer models in food chain: possible bioaccumulation across food chain
  • Environmental Contamination and Toxicology and Biomarkers
  • Wetlands: monitoring and planning
  • Mining and geohydrology; Trace metal speciation in contaminated environmental matrices such as water, soils etc. and environmental health implications

 
Contact Details
Dr. B. Anjan Kumar Prusty
Senior Scientist& Head
Environmental Impact Assessment Division
Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology
Post Box-83, Mundra Road
Opp. Changleswar Temple
Bhuj – 370001 (Kachchh), Gujarat (India)
Tel: 02832-235025 (O), 09409442622 (M)
E-mail: anjanguide@gmail.com, desert_ecology@yahoo.com