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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. -- Provided by publisher.
This article considers whether strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of local-level spatial plans in England is leading to a high level of protection of the environment. It is based on an analysis of the sustainability appraisals (SA/SEA) of 45 core strategies, interviews with 14 planners, and 14 questionnaire responses. The findings suggest that the plans will have beneficial social and economic effects, but between mildly positive and mildly negative environmental effects. SA/SEAs act as an environmental counterweight to the plans' more social and economic focus, but have only limited effectiveness. They do not identify what type of development would be environmentally sustainable, nor what would be an acceptable trade-off between environmental costs and social/economic benefits; nor do they lead to environmentally sustainable plans. Significant changes in the SA/SEA and planmaking processes would be needed to deal with these problems.