Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has become a vital management tool worldwide. EIA is a means of evaluating the likely consequences of a proposed major action which will significantly affect the environment, before that action is taken.This new edition of Wood's key text provides an authoritative, international review of environmental impact assessment, comparing systems used in the UK, USA, the Netherlands, Canada, the Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand and South Africa.
1. Introduction 2. EIA in the United States 3. The European Directives on EIA 4. EIA in the United Kingdom 5. EIA in the Netherlands, Canada, the Commonwealth of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa
6. Legal Basis of EIA Systems 7. Coverage of EIA Systems 8. Consideration of Alternatives 9. Screening of Actions 10. Scoping of Impacts 11. EIA Report Preparation 12. EIA Report Review 13. Decision Making
14. Monitoring and Auditing of Impacts
15. Mitigation of Impacts 16. Consultation and Participation 17. Monitoring of EIA Systems 18. Benefits and Costs of EIA Systems 19. Strategic Environmental Assessment 20. Conclusions Improving EIA