Whenever developing a new project it is important to assess the impact of the planned activities on the environment. According to the requirements of the Republic of Latvia and international financial institutions, in cases when negative environmental impact is predicted, the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is indispensable during the project planning stage. The EIA is a procedure to identify and predict environmental effects of proposed activities and projects. It means that impact on human health, biological diversity, air, water, landscape and on other fields is taken into consideration. In cases when the proposed actions are planned in Natura 2000 territories or in their vicinity, a specially defined procedure for the assessment of the impact on Natura 2000 has to be applied.
The Latvian legislation determines that entrepreneurs have to foresee several alternative solutions for the planned activities, of which the most advantageous one to be eventually accepted. While evaluating different alternatives, the recommendations on how to eliminate or reduce adverse effects on the environment need to be outlined for each of the options. For large scale projects the estimated costs of the mentioned activities may be considerable and substantially different depending on the alternative.
Consultants of ELLE have been actively involved in the development of the EIA system in Latvia. The company has gained extensive hands-on experience having evaluated the environmental impact of dozens of projects since 1998, when the Law “On Environmental Impact Assessment” was adopted. A team of committed and highly qualified experts has evolved over these years, capable and dedicated to provide EIA in a wide range of fields depending on the type of planned activities.
Aiga Kāla, Member of the Board