Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

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Definition of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA):
Appraisal of the possible environmental consequences of a past, ongoing, or planned action, resulting in the production of an environmental impact statement or “finding of no significant impact”. It includes:
  1. a description of the avoidable and unavoidable adverse environmental effects
  2. a description of alternatives to the activity which might be less harmful to the environment, together with the reasons why such alternatives were rejected; and
  3. a description of any required irreversible or irretrievable commitments of resources required by the proposed development activity[1]
This is the common definition for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), other definitions can be discussed in the article


References

  1. Mangor, Karsten. 2004. “Shoreline Management Guidelines”. DHI Water and Environment, 294pp.