Written and edited by an authoritative team of internationally known experts in environmental impact assessment (EIA), this is the first book to present in a coherent manner the theory and practice of EIA and strategic environmental assessment (SEA) follow-up. Without some form of follow-up, the consequences of impact assessments and the environmental outcomes of development projects will remain unknown. Assessing Impact examines both EIA follow-up and the emerging practice of SEA follow-up, and showcases follow-up procedures in various countries throughout Europe, North America and Australasia. Theoretical and legislative perspectives are examined in the light of detailed case study examples, and the authors present a micro-, macro- and meta scale analysis of EIA practice ranging from individual plan and project level through to the jurisdictional level, as well as an analysis of the concept of EIA. Full coverage is given to the roles of proponents, both private and governmental, EIA regulators and the affected public in designing and executing follow-up programmes. This book is the must-have tool for impact assessment professionals, academics, regulators and proponents working on projects of all scales in all jurisdictions.
'This book will prove to be an invaluable reference and guide for EIA practitioners in industry, consultancies and regulatory agencies, as well as in the education and training sector' Paula Caldwell, Director General, Environmental Protection Service, Environment Canada 'This book is a must-have tool for impact assessment professionals, academics, regulators and proponents working on projects of all scales in all jurisdictions' MANAGEMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY 'This edited text is a valuable addition to the rapidly growing guidance documentation on environmental impact assessment (EIA) and strategic environmental assessment (SEA)… the balanced approach adopted by the authors means that the text is likely to be of interest to a mixed readership. The authors successfully achieve the somewhat daunting task of providing specialist technical insight whilst at the same time establishing clear linkages with broader environmental planning debates.' Adam Barker, School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Vol. 49, No. 3, 471 - 474, May 2006 'Assessing Impact is written for the practitioner. I expect that it ill be read eagerly by those who want to make sure that EIA and SEA make substantial contributions to ESD.' Ian Thomas, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia Journal of Environmental management, March 2005
Introduction to EIA Follow-up * Theoretical Perspectives on EIA and Follow-up * A Practical Framework for EIA Follow-up * Designing for EIA Follow-up: Experiences from the Netherlands * Appraising Effects of Mitigation Measures: The Grand Coulee Dam's Impacts on Fisheries * Can Industry Benefit from Participation in EIA-follow-up? The Scottish Experience * EIA Follow-up and Adaptive Management * The Independent Environmental Watchdog: A Canadian Experiment in EIA Follow-up * Learning by Doing: EIA Follow-up in Hong Kong * Follow-up in Current SEA Understanding * On Evaluating the Success of EIA and SEAL * Lessons for EIA Follow-up * Appendix 1: Framework for EIA Follow-up and Effectiveness and Performance Review (Adapted from Sadler, 1996) * Index