The newly established EDA-Centre learns more about  methodology for environmental sampling

On Thursday September 18th 2014, Part 1 of the Case Study on Environmental Damage Assessment (EDA) was successfully carried out by the EGP-Guizhou project. The training took place in Guiyang, Guizhou Province, especially inviting the staff from the newly established Guizhou Environmental Damage Assessment Centre (EDA Centre).

The Case Study Training on EDA carried out was the first of two parts with the aim to increase the capacity of the staff within the EDA Centre regarding EDA and compensation by focusing on a real Guizhou case.

The selected case is a closed abandoned coal mine in Guiyang which was chosen as a suitable site for demonstrating how to comprehensively carry out an environmental damage assessment (EDA), with focus on heavy metals in water and soil. Part 1 of the EDA Case Study especially aimed at introducing methods to be used at the field work, including a monitoring strategy, as well as to design a sampling plan.

On Thursday morning, the training started at the newly established EDA Centre. The morning began with three presentations on the topic of EDA. First, Mr. Min Xu from IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL) introduced the background of carrying out an EDA case study for the EGP-Guizhou Project and also justified the selection of the local abandoned coal mine as a case study site. Thereafter, Mr. Deguo Kong from IVL presented the generic methodology for drawing sampling plans and presented the draft sampling plan for the case study site. Finally, Mr. Johan Strandberg, also from IVL, gave a comprehensive presentation about how an EDA study should be carried out, both in theory and practice. The speakers did not only strive to cover all different aspects of an EDA study, but also tried to provide a particular case, i.e., the local coal mine case. There were interactive discussions between the three speakers and the staff of the EDA Centre. In particular, Mr. Johan Strandberg argued why preliminary survey can have uttermost importance in comparison to other key steps of environmental damage assessment. His viewpoint was widely accepted by the audience. Two senior staff from the EDA Centre showed particular interests to the methodology presented by Mr. Johan Strandberg, and expressed their interests of further cooperation. In total, more than 30 participants attended the morning session, including the Chief Engineer Mr. Junfang Zhang from Guizhou EDA Centre and his colleagues.

On Thursday afternoon, a field investigation was performed at the selected local coal mine. The participants joining the field investigation included the IVL team (Mr. Johan Strandberg and Mr. Deguo Kong), the participants from the Guizhou EDA Centre, Mr. Chengde Huang from GPEEC, Ms. Xiaoyi Gao from ACEF, and the staff from the local monitoring station. Mr. Johan Strandberg first introduced the site and the sampling plan to all the participants. Thereafter, Mr. Johan Strandberg guided the staff from the EDA Centre for soil and sludge sampling, both for sampling and educational purpose. Mr. Deguo Kong accompanied the two senior staff from the local monitoring station for water sampling. The sampling campaign was considered to be very successful.

In Part 2 of the EDA Case Study Training, taking place in December 2014, focus will be on environmental damage assessment and compensation from a broad point of view using the case site and collected data as an example, including private property loss but also including measures to be taken to avoid unacceptable effects in humans or in the ecosystem. Part 2 will also present organizational set-up and best practice from other EDA centers established in China, possibly including mechanisms for financing of EDA Centre.

For the full documentation of the EDA workshop, see here.external link

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Xu Min, Project officer, IVL China, e-mail:

Mr. Li Xin, Project officer, GZICCEP, e-mail:

Updated: 2014-10-06


Project Partners

IVL Swedish Environmental Research Instituteexternal link, opens in new window

All-China Environment Federation (ACEF)external link, opens in new window

Guizhou International Cooperation Centre for Environmental Protection (GZICCEP),

Guiyang Public Environmental Education Centre (GPEEC).

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