The second edition of this highly successful text provides an extensively updated, authoritative, international review of environmental impact assessment (EIA). The book compares systems used in the USA, UK, the Netherlands, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and (new in this edition) South Africa.
EIA has become a vital means of evaluating the likely consequences of proposed major actions which will significantly affect the environment and, in this internationally cited text, successive chapters discuss the various steps of the EIA process. Each chapter includes an introductory discussion of approaches to achieving the step, appropriate evaluation criteria, and an analysis of its treatment in each of the seven national systems.
Environmental Impact Assessment is a core text for upper-level undergraduate and postgraduate students of environmental impact assessment, environmental science, environmental studies, environmental management, geography, planning, law and engineering. It has also proved to be of key importance to government officials, academics and planning consultancies worldwide.
¿A major contribution to the literature on the international practice of EIA¿ (Town Planning Review).
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