Introduction

Introduction
The application of EIA in major economic development projects has increased remarkably over the past few years. The Earth Summit held in 1992 was one of the landmark events and a driving force for the integration of environmental considerations in economic development planning in order to achieve environmentally sound and sustainable benefits. About 87 percent of the Asian countries have already adopted EIA as one of their national instruments for achieving sustainable development goal. In this context, Nepal enforced environmental protection legislation, which made EIA a mandatory requirement for development projects.

However, there are difficulties in promoting EIA due to lack of skilled human resource to conduct EIAs, and inadequate knowledge of its importance for sustainability of development projects. In this regard, School of Environmental Management and Sustainable Development (SchEMS) has developed itself as the pioneer institution in Nepal, perhaps in the region, which has been significantly contributing in preparing the skilled human resource for EIA. The main objective of the EIA training programs of SchEMS is to cater the need of the wider audience who are interested to become well versed with EIA concepts and practice and to assist in removing the deficiencies in the process. In addition, the training programs are also assumed to make available the skilled human resource with enough insight into the EIA concept and methods to promote good EIA practices.

Modules of the training courses carried out by SchEMS have the approval from Environmental Management Subject Committee and Academic Council of Pokhara University and Ministry of Population and Environment (MoPE), HMG/N through the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Following are the training courses designed and offered by SchEMS on EIA and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), which have been developed considering the need of different target groups.