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Identify some environmental problems that may affect a project

What are the most common environmental problems that may affect a project? And what can the project manager do about these environmental problems? Should he include them in the risk management plan? (I am assuming that these problems are known risks)
asked 9 years ago by anonymous edited 9 years ago by MaplePM

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The environmental problems that may affect a project are different depending on the project type and the project location.

For example, if the project consists of the construction of a large resort in an untouched land, then there might be some protests against the project by the locals since the project will be creating an imbalance in the environment. Such protests must not be taken lightly, and there are many protests that have led to the cancellation of many projects, despite of the fact that most of these projects have already secured the necessary permissions from the legal authorities to start the project. I think the person who's in charge of the feasibility study (or the feasibility manager, see: http://www.projectmanagementquestions.com/7282/feasibility-manager-role-and-responsibilities ) should mention the potential disruption that might be created by the locals in his feasibility study.

Answering your question from a different perspective, environmental problems that may affect a project are:

- Change in weather: For example, having rains in August when it never rains at this point.

- Drought: Any construction project needs water, and drought can make water very expensive and procuring it might create a logistical problem.

- Earthquakes: For any project, earthquakes are the ultimate cancellation call, regardless of whether the project and the people working on the project are directly affected or not. Same goes for other catastrophes such as tsunamis and hurricanes.
answered 9 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)

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