The Programme for Applied Environmental Impact Assessment
(AEIA) was established in 1989. The reason was a government decision of
the time to increase the support to aid related environmental research.
During the first five years, the government directly funded AEIA, through
Sida/Sarec. AEIA was, because of a government policy change transferred
to Uppsala University in 1994. Field work is frequently done in Sri Lanka
(photo from Negombo lagoon below). In August 2003 the programme
was transferred from the Dept. of Earth Sciences to the Dept. of Social
and Economic Geography.
information on the Programme for Applied Environmental Impact Assessment.
and research co-operation
Applied Environmental Impact Assessment is not only a subject
related to the Faculty of Science or to the subjects of the host department
(Department of Earth Sciences) but to a far higher degree a networking
activity involving social, cultural and biological sciences at different
universities, including The Programme for Environment, Policy, and
Society (EPOS) at Linköping University, the Dept. of Human
and Social Geography, the Swedish
Bio-diversity centre; and the Dept. of Archaeology at Uppsala
Co-operation with foreign universities has been established with the National
University of Lesotho, the Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique,
the University of Transkei in South Africa, and the Institute of Resource
Assessment (IRA) at Dar es Salaam University, in Tanzania.
The programme is represented in the Working Group for Tropical Ecology
at Uppsala University (ATE) which is administrating Sida sponsored scholarships
for field studies in developing countries (Minor Field Studies, MFS).
Biology and Earth Sciences students from all Swedish universities are
invited to apply.
Undergraduate courses in applied environmental impact assessment are
given each academic year. Students are drawn not only from Earth Sciences
but also to a large degree from other environmental and development related
disciplines in Uppsala or at other Swedish universities.
Research connected to South Asia
Professor Lennart Strömquist
has been in charge of a research project called ”Environmental
management and monitoring from multidisciplinary perspectives as illustrated
by the Negombo lagoon in Sri Lanka, involving several
researchers at the department – including
and Stefan Haglund.
In August 2002 the project was given SEK 65 000 as a planning grant from
SASNET. The project is carried out in collaboration with the Dept
of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala University; the Dept. of
Geography at Sri Jayewardenapura University,
Colombo, Sri Lanka (represented by the professors M
M Karunanayake, M
D C Abhayratne, and D
Wanasinghe); and the National
Aquatic Resources, Research & Development Agency,
NARA, Colombo, Sri Lanka (represented by Dr Champa
Amarasiri). Three PhD candidates from Sri Lanka are also involved
in the project; Ajith Gunaratne, G.M.
Bandaranayake, and H.M. Jayani Rupi Herath
(more information below).
The planning of the project was made in 2003, and included visits by
the Swedish participants to Sri Lanka and joint studies with representatives
from NARA and Sri Jayewardenapura University. In November 2003 a workshop
was arranged in Colombo at the Dept. of Geography, Sri Jayewardenapura
University. Read the complete report from
the Negombo lagoon research project (as a pdf-file).
In August 2006, Prof. Strömquist received SEK 78 000 as a SASNET planning grant for organising an interdisciplinary workshop on ”Participatory GIS; a tool for planning of rehabilitation of communities affected by natural disasters." See the full list of SASNET planning grants 2006.
The field-based workshop was organised in the Rekawa lagoon in Hambantota district, Sri Lanka, an area heavily affected by the tsunami in 2004. The workshop was supposed to take place in November 2006, but due to the political situation in Sri Lanka it was postponed till February 2007. However, due to the changes in time some participants, including Prof. Strömquist himself, could not take part. The Swedish participants in the workshop were instead Dr. Claes Lindberg, and PhD candidate Daniel Bergquist from the Dept. of Social and Cultural Geography, Uppsala University, and Dr. Louise Simonsson from the Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research, Linköping University at Campus Norrköping. The remaining participanst were researchers and students from NARA and Sri Jayewardenapura University.
Gunaratne (photo to the left) is a MSc from
the University of Colombo but presently a PhD student at the department.
His PhD project deals with ”Coastal
Zone Management in Sri Lanka, The need for integrated approaches to data
generation, information sharing and definition of critical areas”
, under the supervision of Prof Lennart Strömquist and Prof.
Sedimentology. A project funded by Sida/SAREC, and part of the Marine
Science programme. More
information on the project.
Based at the GIS Unit, at the National Aquatic Resources Research &
Development Agency (NARA) in Colombo, efforts have been done to explore
GIS and Remote Sensing strategies for coastal zone planning and monitoring
in Sri Lanka. Negombo Lagoon and the associated coastal zone has been
selected as a pilot area for the study. The information gathered will
be used to compare with the past data in the temporal dimension, and trends
on future of the area are to be modeled with the help of identified relationships,
manmade interventions etc. See
Ajit Gunaratne’s personal web page
International workshop On Fisheries and Aquatic Research
Members of the Applied Environmental Impact Assessment Programme
participated in an International workshop on Fisheries
and Aquatic Research held at The National Aquatic Resources Research
and Development Agency (NARA) in Sri Lanka 29–31 March 2005. PhD
candidates Ajith Gunaratne and Daniel Bergquist contributed to the conference
with a paper on ”Remote Sensing, GIS and Coastal zone planning”
and a poster on ”Coastal
shrimp aqua-culture on Sri Lanka” respectively. Professor Lennart
Strömquist chaired a session on tsunami impacts and coastal hazards.