6-8 Summary

You have now completed Section 6 of 11, the largest Section in this Module, Environmental Impact Assessment. To demonstrate the learning outcomes of this Section, check that you are now able to:

  • Identify and explain environmental impacts and their appropriate assessment;
  • Understand and explain impact assessment principles and methods, including the essential difference between magnitude and significance;
  • Understand the wider context of environmental impact assessment, including links to the sustainability agenda and social impact assessment; and
  • Elucidate the problems of data, certainty and risk in impact analysis and how these can be managed.

July 26, 2006 Uncategorized — brendan @ 3:03 pm


  1. Excellent explanation so far.

    Just a little but.
    It would be great if there were some examples of impact assessments in several fields such as air quality, energy or water. So far the theory is very well explained but there is a lack of practical information.

    Comment by Raul — April 28, 2010 @ 9:27 pm

  2. Dear Raul,

    Examples of impact assessments can be found in the accompanying EIA wiki – http://eia.unu.edu/wiki/index.php/Case_Studies



    Comment by Brendan Barrett — April 29, 2010 @ 7:45 pm

  3. Great Information. Please add a section on cummulative impact assessment.

    Comment by Beth Proctor — January 5, 2011 @ 3:39 am

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