5th Edition

Introduction To Environmental Impact Assessment

By John Glasson, Riki Therivel Copyright 2019
    394 Pages 163 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    394 Pages 163 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    A comprehensive, clearly structured and readable overview of the subject, Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment has established itself as the leading introduction to EIA worldwide. This fifth edition is a major update reflecting many significant changes in EIA procedures, process, practice and prospects over the last decade. In particular, it includes:

    • a much more international dimension, drawing on EIA activities worldwide;
    • an up-to-date coverage of the revised EU EIA Directive and its implementation;
    • the associated update of contemporary UK procedures and practice;
    • best practice on evolving methods in the EIA process; 
    • a rich array of UK and many international case studies;
    • a new coverage of emerging EIA impact topics, including equality/deprivation; culture; resettlement; climate change; ecosystem services; and risk, resilience and cumulative impacts;
    • an appraisal of some next steps in the EIA process, including a more effective and proportionate EIA; the impact of technological change; the changing interpretation of the project; project implementation, monitoring and adaptive management; and moves towards a more integrated impact assessment. Together, these topics act as a kind of action list for future EIA;
    • the development of SEA legislation and practice in the UK, EU and worldwide; and
    • a set of appendices containing key legislation and an EIS review framework.

    It is also makes full use of colour illustrations and chapter questions for discussion. Written by two authors with extensive research, training and consultancy experience of EIA, this book brings together the most up-to-date information from many sources.

    Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment 5th Edition provides a complete, and critical, introductory text that also supports further studies. Students in undergraduate and postgraduate planning programmes will find it essential as a course text, as will students of environmental management/policy, environmental sciences/studies, geography and built environment. Key stakeholders involved in assessment activities – planners, developers, community groups, pressure groups and decision-makers in government and business – will also welcome this latest edition as a very effective means of getting to grips with the many facets of this important and evolving subject that affects a widening range of development projects.

    PART 1. Principles and procedures Chapter 1. Introduction and principles Chapter 2. US origins and worldwide development Chapter 3. EU and UK agency and legislative contexts PART 2. Process Chapter 4. Starting up: early stages Chapter 5. Impact prediction, evaluation, mitigation and enhancement Chapter 6. Participation, presentation and review Chapter 7. Monitoring and auditing: after the decision PART 3. Practice Chapter 8. UK practice Chapter 9. EIA practice worldwide PART 4. Prospects Chapter 10. EIA impact areas, current and emerging Chapter 11. EIA next steps: effectiveness and efficiency of the process Chapter 12. Widening the scope: strategic environmental assessment


    John Glasson is Emeritus Professor of Planning and Impact Assessment and Founding Director of the Impacts Assessment Unit (IAU) at Oxford Brookes University, UK. He is also an EIA consultant and Examining Inspector for national infrastructure projects for the Planning Inspectorate.

    Riki Therivel is Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University, UK, a member of the IAU and the Director of Levett-Therivel sustainability consultants.

    "The revised title comes at a time of reflection and renewal in the environmental assessment community. The practice will soon celebrate its 50th anniversary in the United States, while revised European legislation has caused practitioners across the continent to reconsider how they approach their work. Glasson and Therivel’s revised text offers a comprehensive insight into these changes while maintaining the approachable and authoritative tone which has made this title essential reading since it was first published 20 years ago."

    Neil Andrew Cochrane, IAPA, 2019