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Handbook of Environmental Impact Assessment, 2 Volume Set

Judith Petts (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-632-04773-4
960 pages
June 1999, Wiley-Blackwell
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Description

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a significant, anticipatory, environmental management tool. International debate focuses on its enhancement to meet the challenges of sustainable development, as well as facilitating scientifically robust, integrated and participative decision-making. This handbook hopes to contribute an international, multidisciplinary, ready-reference source to this debate.

This first volume addresses EIA principles, process and methods. Part 1 maps the EIA process and its impact on decision. It positions EIA in the context of sustainable development and relative to other decision tools, including economic valuation. It also positions strategic environmental assessment (SEA) in a similar way. Part 2 addresses the elements of the EIA process and significant impact assessment topics--air, water, ecological, social, risk, landscape and visual--not only in terms of good practice but also methodological evolution. This volume concludes by addressing cumulative impact assessment and SEA methods.

Volume 2 provides a unique consideration for EIA implementation and practice in Europe, Africa, the Far East, South America and North America. It uses a number of project types to provide 'how to do' guidance and addresses practice in policy and plan assessment.

This volume should be read by legislators, decision-makers, economists, developers, industrial managers and consultants involved in this significant field.

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Table of Contents

Volume 1: EIA Process, Methods and Potential.

Part I: EIA As a Decision Tool:.

Introduction.

EIA and Sustainable Development.

EIA Versus other Environmental Management Tools.

Strategic Environmental Assessment - Principles and Potential.

Criteria and Standards for Assessing Significant Impact.

EIA, CBA and the Valuation of Environmental Impacts.

EIA Impact on Decisions.

Public Participation and EIA.

EIA and Information Technologies.

Part II: EIA Process and Methods:.

Screening, Scoping and Site-Selection.

EIA Monitoring and Auditing.

Air Quality Assessment.

Water Impact Assessment.

Social Impact Assessment.

Ecological Assessment.

Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment.

Risk Assessment.

Cumulative Effects Assessment.

Methods of Strategic Environmental Assessment.

Volume 2: EIA in Practice: Impact and Limitations.

Part I: Quality and Effectiveness:.

Introduction.

Comparative Evaluation of EIA Systems.

Capacity Building.

Quality and Quality Control in EIA.

Part II: EIA At the International Level:.

The Convention of Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context.

EIA and Multi-Lateral Financial Institutions.

Part III: International Experience:.

EIA in Central and Eastern Europe.

EIA in East Asia; EIA in Africa.

EIA in South and Central America.

EIA in North America.

EIA in the European Union.

Part IV: Sectoral Experience:.

Policy Environmental Assessment.

EIA of Land-Use Plans: Experience under the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act.

EIA and Waste Management.

EIA of Road and Rail Infrastructure.

EIA for Energy Projects.

EIA for Mining Projects.

EIA for Water Projects

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Reviews

"For those who are particularly interested in international perspectives on EIA, this book should be a useful addition to the library." Environmental Practice 3 (2) June 2001 <!--end-->
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