As per section 33.1 of the Environmental Assessment Act 2000, the 42nd National Environment Commission (NEC) meeting adopted the following list in addition to the existing list under Annex II of the Regulation for the Environmental Clearance of Projects:
- · List of Activities that CAs shall screen and issue EC; and
- · List of Activities exempted from requiring EC.
In addition, under section 30 & 31 of the National Environment Protection Act of Bhutan 2007, the 42nd NEC meeting delegated/authorized some of their power and function to ease and improve the service delivery as follow:
- · To exempt activity with low risk on the environment from Environmental Assessment process requirement; and
- · To delegate/re-delegate list of activities to Competent Authorities for Environmental Assessment process
In order to bring clarity on the requirement of Public Consultation under EA Act 2000 and its Regulation 2002, the same was communicated to all the Competent Authorities as per the directives of 42nd NEC meeting.
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