All building and infrastructure projects have an impact on their surroundings, though these effects may not be immediately obvious.
The range of potential impacts to be considered is wide, embracing issues from flora and fauna to erosion of land, flooding and pollution. Most aid agencies, and some governments, now have guidelines for impact studies and are more accepting of the overall importance of understanding potential environmental impacts to their regions.
A common obstacle in regions with limited resources, is that environmental impacts are not easy to quantify and may ultimately be ignored.
Roughton recognises that different national or regional environmental guidelines and levels of legislation exist, having worked extensively in over 100 countries around the world. We encourage all our clients to engage in a more holistic view of environmental issues and seek to demonstrate the long term economic benefits of mitigating against negative environmental impacts, at the earliest stage of a project.