The potential role of value management in environmental impact assessment: a Maseru case study

Authors

  • Paul Bowen University of Cape Town
  • Richard Hill University of Cape Town
  • Relebohile Mabote University of Cape Town
  • Keith Cattell University of Cape Town
  • Peter Edwards RMIT University

Keywords:

Value management, environmental impact assessment, sustainability, infrastructure, planning and design

Abstract

Environmental impact assessment (EIA) studies are undertaken to assess the anticipated environmental impacts of proposed projects. Such studies typically address biophysical and socio-economic issues. Using a case study approach, the effectiveness of the EIA process adopted for a landfill project in Maseru, Lesotho, is reviewed. It was found that the Maseru  environmental impact statement (EIS) was not fit for the purpose as it did not facilitate effective decision-making. This failure was to a large extent due to inadequate briefing by the client and ineffective study implementation and review procedures. It is proposed that value management (VM), a value-adding technique mainly applied in the manufacturing and construction industries, could improve the effectiveness of EIA.

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Published

2009-12-31

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Commentary