Pakistan uses an initial environmental examination for certain types of projects. "Initial environmental examination" means a preliminary environmental review of the reasonably foreseeable qualitative and quantitative impacts on the environment of a proposed project to determine whether it is likely to cause an adverse environmental effect for requiring preparation of an environmental impact assessment. EP Act, sec. (2)(xxiv); see also EIA Regulations secs. 3, 12.
Best Practices in Lieu of EIA:
Who Conducts Screening Detail:
"[T]he Federal Agency may direct the proponent of a project, whether or not listed in Schedule I or II, to file an IEE or EIA . . . ." EIA Regulations sec. 5(2)
Criteria for Screening:
List or appendix of project or activity types
Proposed project or activity may cause significant environmental impact
Criteria for Screening Detail:
EA Regulations sec. 5 + Schedules I & II
Who Prepares EIA:
Project Proponent (with or without contractor)
Who Prepares EIA Detail:
Proponent shall file IEE or EIA. EIA Regulations secs. 3, 4.
EIA Contractor Qualification Detail:
Use of contractors is not mentioned in the EIA law or regulations.
Days for Decision Maker Review:
Automatic Approval Detail:
The Government Agency shall communicate its approval or otherwise within a period of four months from the date the initial environmental examination or environmental impact assessment is filed complete in all respects in accordance with the prescribed procedure, failing which the initial environmental examination or, as the case may be, the environmental impact assessment shall be deemed to have been approved, to the extent to which it does not contravene the provisions of this Act and the rules and
regulations. EP Act sec. 12(4)
Written Decision Detail:
The decision shall be communicated to the Proponent in the form prescribed in Schedule VI. EIA Regulation, sec. 12.
Expiry of Decision Detail:
Financial Assurances or Bond:
Financial Assurances Detail:
Where the Federal Agency accords its approval subject to certain conditions, the proponent shall, before commencing construction, acknowledge acceptance of the stipulated conditions by executing an undertaking. EIA Regulations sec. 13(2)(a).