1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Environmental Impact Assessment

Edited By Kevin Hanna Copyright 2022
    386 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Globally, environmental impact assessment (EIA) is one of the most enduring and influential environmental management tools. This handbook provides readers with a strong foundation for understanding the practice of EIA, by outlining the different types of assessment while also providing a guide to best practice.

    This collection deploys a research and practice-based approach to the subject, delivering an overview of EIA as an essential and practical tool of environmental protection, planning, and policy. To best understand the most pertinent issues and challenges surrounding EIA today, this volume draws together prominent researchers, practitioners, and young scholars who share their work and knowledge to cover two key parts. The first part introduces EIA processes and best practices through analytical and critical chapters on the stages/elements of the EIA process and different components and forms of assessment. These provide examples that cover a wide range of assessment methods and cross-cutting issues, including cumulative effects assessment, social impact assessment, Indigenous-led assessment, risk assessment, climate change, and gender-based assessment. The second part provides jurisdictional reviews of the European Union, the US National Environmental Policy Act, recent assessment reforms in Canada, EIA in developing economies, and the EIA context in England.

    By providing a concise outline of the process followed by in-depth illustrations of approaches, methods and tools, and case studies, this book will be essential for students, scholars, and practitioners of environmental impact assessment.

    Part 1: Types of Assessment, Issues, and Practices

    1. A brief introduction to environmental impact assessment
    2. Kevin Hanna and Lauren Arnold

    3. Strategic environmental assessment: one name multiple concepts
    4. Maria Partidario

    5. Cumulative effects assessment
    6. Bram Noble

    7. Social impact assessment
    8. Anne Merrild Hansen

    9. Risk assessment and risk management
    10. Ayla De Grandpre and Karaline Reimer

    11. Sustainability assessment principles and practices
    12. Angus Morrison Saunders, Jenny Pope, Alan Bond, and Francois Retief

    13. Climate change in environmental assessment
    14. Alexandra Jiricka-Pürrer and Thomas B Fischer

    15. Health impact assessment
    16. Chris Buse

    17. Environmental Impact Assessment and Disaster Risk Management
    18. Troy McMillan

    19. Regional assessment
    20. Lauren Arnold, Chris Buse, Rob Friberg, Bram Noble, and Kevin Hanna

    21. Gender-based analysis and environmental impact assessments: Challenges and opportunities for transformative approaches
    22. Priya Bala-Miller, Nicole Peletz, and Kevin Hanna

    23. Geographic information sciences in environmental impact Assessment: applications and opportunities
    24. Mathieu Bourbonnais

    25. Indigenous impact assessment
    26. Alistair Macdonald and Ciaran O'Faircheallaigh

    27. Innovative approaches to achieving meaningful public participation in next generation impact assessment
    28. John Sinclair, Alan P. Diduck, and John R. Parkins

      Part 2. Jurisdictional Profiles

    29. EIA best practice for the developing world: What does it mean?
    30. Francois Retief, Reece C Alberts, Claudine Roos, and Dirk P Cilliers

    31. The European Union Environmental Impact Assessment Directive: current practice and challenges for the future
    32. Gesa Geißler, Johann Köppel, and Marie Grimm

    33. The US National Environmental Policy Act
    34. Matt Lindstrom and Ben West

    35. Environmental assessment in England
    36. Josh Fothergill and Thomas B Fischer

    37. Environmental assessment reform in Canada

              Jeffrey Nishima-Miller


    Kevin Hanna is Director of the Centre for Environmental Assessment Research at the University of British Columbia, Canada.