10-4 Summary

You have now completed Section 10 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 understanding of EIA decision making and the role of decision makers; and
  • Appreciate and explain the responsibilities of EIA decision makers.

July 26, 2006 Uncategorized — brendan @ 11:49 am


  1. Let me first say that I’ve found the entire course module very helpful. I teach a class In California, USA, entitled International Environmental Assessment. While I focus to a large degree on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), I’ve attempted to integrate this module into the syllabus so students could compare CEQA with a more generic and international approach.

    I did have a concern that this section on decision-making did not include a discussion on appeal procedures to decisions made by competent authorities. The ability to challenge in court the approval of an EIR is a crucial component of the California system but it, of course, also exists elsewhere. In the US, federal agency decisions under NEPA can be challenged, and court challenges are also possible in the European Union. Even the World Bank has an Inspection Panel that, under certain circumstances, can review the Bank’s decision.

    Since the effectiveness of an EIA system can be substantially influenced by judicial review, I think the module would benefit by discussing it.

    Thank you for all your work on this course.

    Comment by Andy Schiffrin — February 17, 2008 @ 5:05 am

  2. Hi Andy,

    Thanks for your comments on the course. The point you make is valid and in future revisions we do need to deal more specifically with the judicial review process. Likewise, the course is downloadable and customizable, so we hope that it is also possible for people, like yourself, to customize various sections to reflect your own priorities.

    Once again,

    Thanks for the comments.

    Brendan Barrett
    UN University

    Comment by brendan — February 18, 2008 @ 10:32 am

  3. l found the module very interesting and educative.lwould like to enrol as a student /particpant so that l become a feelance consultant here in Zambia. please send me detailed information how l can start the program on line, costs inclusive

    Comment by james matishi — July 2, 2011 @ 9:38 am

  4. If you wish to see actual judicial decisions on this subject I suggest you do a search of IBLA decisions at http://www.oha.doi.gov:8080/ Ask for a subject or topic associated with NEPA.

    IBLA is the Interior Board of Land Appeals. These are the administrative law judges who review the appeals of government decisions affecting public lands managed by the Department of Interior.

    Comment by Randall Porter — December 9, 2011 @ 7:07 am

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