Assessing Impact: Handbook of EIA and SEA Follow-up by Angus Morrison-Saunders, Jos Arts

By Angus Morrison-Saunders, Jos Arts

Written and edited by means of an authoritative crew of across the world recognized specialists in environmental effect overview (EIA), this is often the 1st ebook to provide in a coherent demeanour the idea and perform of EIA and strategic environmental overview (SEA) follow-up. with out a few kind of follow-up, the results of effect exams and the environmental results of improvement initiatives will stay unknown. Assessing effect examines either EIA follow-up and the rising perform of SEA follow-up, and showcases follow-up tactics in a number of nations all through Europe, North the USA and Australasia. Theoretical and legislative views are tested within the gentle of specified case examine examples, and the authors current a micro-, macro- and meta scale research of EIA perform starting from person plan and undertaking point via to the jurisdictional point, in addition to an research of the idea that of EIA. complete insurance is given to the jobs of proponents, either inner most and governmental, EIA regulators and the affected public in designing and executing follow-up programmes. This ebook is the must-have instrument for effect review execs, lecturers, regulators and proponents engaged on tasks of all scales in all jurisdictions.

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The assumption is that making more information available about the impacts of a decision and subjecting that information to systematic analysis will improve the quality of decisions and planning proposals by reducing uncertainty and preventing unexpected consequences. Consequently, planners have devoted much attention to the ex-ante evaluation of plans, projects and decisions. g. Voogd, 1983; Nijkamp et al, 1990; Petts, 1999) and, more recently, the so-called ‘communicative methods’ (Guba and Lincoln, 1989; Woltjer, 2000; Voogd, 2001).

The rationale for EIA follow-up is similar to that of EIA itself: getting a grip on uncertainties intrinsic to a prospective activity. Although a thorough predecision analysis such as EIA (or SEA) is a necessary prerequisite for informed decision-making, it is not sufficient for sustainable planning, decision-making and management of projects. There will always be uncertainties and gaps in knowledge. EIA and decision-making are performed in a complex and dynamic environmental context: an area and its sensitivity to environmental impacts change over time when new developments occur or political priorities change.

Is to cope with the uncertain and the unexpected. How, in short, to plan in the face of the unknown’. Consequently, Theoretical Perspectives on EIA and Follow-up 25 an adaptive, flexible approach is often recommended; one which allows for adequate reactions to unanticipated decision outcomes and for the adjustment of imperfect knowledge sets concerning society and environment. To provide for this flexibility, feedback of information about the real effects is vital. This is an important reason for conducting follow-up.

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