What is an Environmental Clearance (EC), who issues EC and how long is it issued for?
EC means the decision issued in writing by the National Environment Commission Secretariat (NECS) or the Competent Authorities (CAs), to let a project proceed, which includes terms and conditions to ensure that the project is managed in an environmentally sound and sustainable way. EC is issued by either NECS or CAs based on the ‘Classification of projects/categorization of projects into color-coded categories 2020.’
The EC is issued for a maximum of 5 years. However, shorter EC periods are also accorded based on the complexity and nature of the projects.
What is the Environment Assessment process?
All procedures required under Bhutanese law to identify means to ensure that the activities of a project are managed in an environmentally sound and sustainable way.