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Title: An evaluation of the social recommendations contained in impact assessments in remote resource dependent communities : a case study in Port Kaituma, Guyana
Author: Danette, L. L.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1999
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Abstract:
This study aims to assess the accuracy, relevance and usefulness of the impact assessment process in a remote resource dependent community. Specifically this thesis tests the following hypotheses: 1. Implementing the social recommendations identified in an integrated impact assessment would be financially beneficial to companies operating in remote resource dependent communities in Guyana; 2. Implementing the social recommendations identified in an integrated impact assessment would be financially beneficial to remote resource dependent communities in Guyana; 3. Implementing the social recommendations identified in an integrated impact assessment would be socially beneficial to remote resource dependent communities in Guyana; 4. An integrated impact assessment can accurately identify impacts in remote resource dependent communities in Guyana. The study evaluates the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) commission by Barama Company Ltd. (BCL), which in 1991 obtained a 1.6 million hectare logging concession on a 25 year lease. The company's forest operations were based at Port Kaituma, a remote resource dependent community. The study involved the use of secondary data and the collection of primary data through the administration of a 1996 Census and a 1996 Port Kaituma Household Survey. Over the two year period in which data was collected, supplementary information and personal interviews were also conducted. The data collected was used in the evaluation of the BCL ESIA and the testing of the hypotheses. In evaluating the impacts identified in the BCL ESIA the hypothesis that integrated impact assessments can accurately identify impacts in remit resource dependent communities was supported. The recommendations contained in the BCL ESIA were also evaluated as to their appropriateness and degree of implementation. The resulting discussion supported the hypothesis that had BCL implemented the recommendations in full, (i) BCL would have derived financial benefits as a result of a better trained and more productive workforce and (ii) the community would have derived financial and social benefits from, among other things, improved communication with BCL and the implementation of a comprehensive company development assistance policy.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.649097  DOI: Not available
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