10 Apr 2017
Royal HaskoningDHV has pioneered the way environmental effects of projects are understood by launching the world’s first digital interactive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Salani Sithole, Managing Director at Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa states, “The new EIS uses accessible, interactive visuals to revolutionise the way the results of an Environmental Impact Assessment are interpreted and shared between all project partners; saving valuable time, accelerating decision-making and advancing stakeholder engagement”.

Environmental Impact Assessment is required to ensure that the environmental effects of major projects and development proposals are fully investigated and taken into account before decisions are made on whether they should proceed. These results must be outlined in an EIS.

Where previously an EIS used text to explain the nature of the issue and what the future situation will look like, it is now replaced by easy to understand visuals and videos that clearly outline the assessment’s findings.

Paul Eijssen, Strategic Advisor for Environmental Impact Assessment and a creator of the digital EIS at Royal HaskoningDHV said, “Responding to the increasing demand for digitisation and transparency, Royal HaskoningDHV is leading the way in which all data surrounding the impact of a project on the environment is interpreted. The traditional manner of reporting an Environmental Impact Assessment was outdated and I knew we needed to innovate and change to ensure that the EIS will continue to have relevance and impact in our collective decision making processes.”

“The new digital Environmental Impact Statement is visualised via clickable maps and simple to understand tables and its unique interactive capability gives users the opportunity to walk through the virtual landscape and experience how the project will look once it is finished. This will accelerate decision making, enhance transparency and create greater stakeholder engagement.”

Developed in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment, the digital EIS has also received positive advice from the Netherlands Commission for Environmental Assessment, in recognition of the major step this presents in making impact statements more accessible, thereby creating opportunities for greater stakeholder engagement.
To discover more about the new world of digital Environment Impact Statement, visit www.royalhaskoningdhv.com/theneweis or search for the hashtag #TheNewEIS on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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