Updated to: 14 January 2014
EIA is legally established in Bangladesh since the issuance of the Environmental Conservation Act in 1995. Its procedures are defined through the Environmental Conservation Rules of 1997. The EIA process in Bangladesh leads up to the issuance of an Environmental Clearance Certificate, which is needed for a project to be implemented. Before the scoping procedure can be started, however, the proponent also has to obtain a Site Clearance Certificate.
The central EIA authority in Bangladesh is the Department of the Environment (DoE) which is part of the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF). An SEA system is not (yet) established in Bangladesh.