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By Angus Morrison-Saunders, Jos Arts

Written and edited through an authoritative workforce of the world over identified specialists in environmental influence review (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 type of follow-up, the implications of influence checks and the environmental results of improvement tasks will stay unknown. Assessing influence examines either EIA follow-up and the rising perform of SEA follow-up, and showcases follow-up techniques in a number of nations all through Europe, North the USA and Australasia. Theoretical and legislative views are tested within the gentle of particular case research examples, and the authors current a micro-, macro- and meta scale research of EIA perform starting from person plan and venture point via to the jurisdictional point, in addition to an research of the concept that of EIA. complete assurance 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 e-book is the must-have device for influence overview pros, lecturers, regulators and proponents engaged on initiatives of all scales in all jurisdictions.

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There have been numerous EIA follow-up studies since then, many of which are discussed in subsequent chapters. However, this is the first time that a volume has been produced that is specifically dedicated to EIA follow-up theory and practice for an international audience. 4). The issues in EIA follow-up have shifted from mainly technical and scientific to management aspects. Key issues in the early literature concern the accuracy of impact predictions and the quality of EISs. These documents were expected to contain testable hypotheses, and monitoring and follow-up focused on predictive accuracy and compliance issues.

There are many different institutional requirements for EIA follow-up in practice around the world and it is not possible to review them all here. Practices vary from voluntary commitments for monitoring and reporting on EIA outcomes, through to specific command and control approaches, some of which provide for specialist independent follow-up review bodies. Generally, jurisdictions with a long history of EIA tend to be more advanced in their requirements for follow-up. g. in Canada and Hong Kong) and there is a trend for increasing requirements for EIA follow-up to occur.

These have been well articulated elsewhere and were summarized by Arts and Nooteboom (1999) as five key problems: 1 Uncertainty and limited information Uncertainty during the pre-decision stages of EIA is a principal reason for initiating EIA follow-up studies. However, these uncertainties do not necessarily go away, and may continue to pose difficulties during follow-up investigations (discussed further in Chapter 2). 2 Deficiencies in EISs As with uncertainty, deficiencies in EISs may provide a key reason for conducting EIA follow-up.

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