EIA involves using a systematic process to evaluate the environmental impacts of a proposed development or action. As demonstrated in this Section, EIA has a well-established history and international standing. Public participation is essential in good practice EIA, and there are both costs and benefits associated with implementation. Principles and practice of EIA administration and technical processes are introduced and these will be examined in more detail in subsequent Sections of the Module.
You have now completed Section 1 of 11 in this Module, Environmental Impact Assessment. To demonstrate the learning outcomes of this Section, check that you are now able to:
- Demonstrate an introductory understanding of EIA and why it is necessary;
- Appreciate the worldwide influence of EIA practice.