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Environmental Impact Assessment: Practical Solutions to Recurrent Problems

Environmental Impact Assessment: Practical Solutions to Recurrent Problems

David P. Lawrence

ISBN: 978-0-471-46572-0

Nov 2003

576 pages

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This book challenges the prevailing assumption that Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) should be structured around a unitary EIA process. The book begins by identifying, through a scenario, eight recurrent problems in EIA practice. The characteristics of multiple variations of conventional EIA processes, at both the regulatory and applied levels, are then presented. The residual problems that remain after the conventional processes are described and assessed providing the springboard for a description and analysis of eight alternative EIA processes.

1. Introduction.

2. Conventional EIA Processes.

3. How to Make EIAs More Rigorous.

4. How to Make EIAs More Rational.

5. How to Make EIAs More Substantive.

6. How to Make EIAs More Practical.

7. How to Make EIAs More Democratic.

8. How to Make EIAs More Collaborative.

9. How to Make EIAs More Ethical.

10. How to Make EIAs More Adaptive.

11. How to Connect and Combine EIA Processes.



"to practitioners (like me) and regulators, I highly recommend this book…a tremendous amount of wisdom...immensely practical...for advanced students or especially for continuing education courses, the book could be ideal." (Environmental Impact Assessment Review, March 2006)

"David Lawrence has produced a monumental work outlining Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) as it is practiced globally." (Environmental Practice, March 2005)

“…an impressive book, with a wealth of information on EIA…” (International Journal of Environment & Pollution, Vol.23, No.4, 2005)

"…having a copy on hand in most practitioners' offices is highly recommended." (Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, March 2005)

“…The whole book is informed by relevant case studies, which help bring some of the more theoretical discussions to life...” (Applied Organometallic Chemistry, Vol.19, No.1, January 2005)

"…David Lawrence's book is certainly a necessary one for anyone contemplating the siting of an industrial facility...there is reason to believe that Lawrence's book will improve the odds [of a successful siting]." (Chemical & Health Safety, August 2004)

"…well written and filled with a series of useful tables and diagrams to illustrate the flow and review of information developed in the EIA. This book will be of much interest to practitioners in the field." (Journal of Hazardous Materials, March 2004)

“...important and recommended reading for anyone involved in the EIA process.” (Journal of Environmental Quality, Vol. 33, No. 2 March-April 2004)

“...much of interest and practical value within this volume...highly recommended...” (Veterinary and Human Toxicology, February 2004)

“...a nice compilation of the issues surrounding environmental impact assessment and a welcome description of ways to address it...recommended to anyone working on EIAs, teaching the process, and any library supporting any environmental program.” (E-Streams, Vol. 7, No. 3)