SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC IMPACT ASSESSMENTS
Change brings about costs/benefits (or a combination of both), and taps into the adaptive capacity of society, businesses and the environment who have to deal with it. Kayamandi has been involved in various impact assessment projects, ranging in the following fields:
Socio-economic impact assessments predict the effects upon a regional, provincial or national economy and society of new business/industry, development ventures, proposed investments, or change in government procedures. These impacts refer to the qualitative and quantitative effects on the level of economic and social activity in a given area, as result of some form of external intervention in the economy or society.
- Social impacts: the impacts on the day-to-day life (environmental) of persons and communities
- Economic impacts: the effects on the level of economic activity in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), new business sales, employment, etc in a given area, as a result of some form of external intervention in the economy. Economic impacts are measured quantitatively using either input-output modeling and/cost benefit analysis.
- Tourism impacts: the impacts on tourism hot spots, tourism strategies, sensitive areas, and various tourism types, etc.
- Land use impacts: include the impacts on land use, adjacent landuse, potential redevelopment, activity centres, property conditions and values, and planning policies/strategies.
The impact assessments undertaken whether it entail a basic assessment, full specialist study as part of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and/or Environmental Management Programme (EMP), enables the project proponent, community, businesses, etc to better deal with the possible positive and negative changes in a pro-active and participative manner, and to determine which aspects need to be mitigated. The results of impact analysis are utilised substantially in motivating projects to all levels of government and society.
Areas of application include:
- Linear developments: pipelines, railways, roads, power-lines, etc
- Point developments: dam construction, mining activities, mixed use developments, airports, power stations, water treatment plants, filling stations, golf estates, mixed-use nodes, etc
- Specialist studies for Environmental Impact Assessments
- Cost-benefit analysis
|LATEST EXPERIENCE |
- Economic impact of off-grid solar lighting and geysers
- Economic impact of grid connected renewable energy technology plants
- Social impact of Middelburg Water Treatment Plant
- Social and economic impact of Rainbow Junction mixed use node
- Economic impact of Goble's Folly retail centre in Bethlehem
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