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2011 (Vol. 3, Issue: 4)
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An Assessment of Nigerian Stakeholders’ the Perception of Environmental Offset as Mitigation Measures and Its’ Implication for Sustainable Industrial Development in Nigeria

P.C. Mmom and C.F. Igwe
Corresponding Author:  Mmom Prince Chinedu 

Key words:  Environmental offset, biodiversity, environmental impact assessment, Niger Delta, stakeholders, like-for likes,
Vol. 3 , (4): 314-319
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2011 April, 06 2011 May, 13 2011 July, 30
Abstract:

An important tool for sustainable development in any country is Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), and an important component of EIA is impact mitigation. In most cases, certain unwanted impacts of development projects are left without mitigation thereby reducing the gains of such developments. Thus, emerging in current literature is the concept of Environmental offset which provides a leeway for residual impacts of development projects. This study therefore assesses the perception and level of application of the environmental offset strategy by EIA Practitioners and other stakeholders in the mitigation of negative environmental impacts of developments in the Niger Delta, Nigeria as that would have significant implication for sustainable development efforts in Nigeria. The study found out that there is negative perception among the host communities about the suitability of offset as mitigation measure. Even though the EIA practitioners considers Environmental offset as a viable option, its adoption has been marred by the misgiving of the local people. This misgiving could be attributed to the long period of neglect and abandonment which has led to abject poverty in the region and loss of confidence in any institutional frameworks. Thus, this study concludes that the drive towards sustainable Development in Nigeria would remain a mirage unless the local people are properly integrated in the scheme of things.
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P.C. Mmom and C.F. Igwe, 2011. An Assessment of Nigerian Stakeholders’ the Perception of Environmental Offset as Mitigation Measures and Its’ Implication for Sustainable Industrial Development in Nigeria.  Current Research Journal of Social Sciences, 3(4): 314-319.
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