The Application of Economic Techniques in Environmental Impact Assessment

Author: David E. James
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401583846
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The contribution of economic thought and method to environmental management needs practical illustration. Too few books on the subject achieve such an outcome. This book is among the notable exceptions. That economics can provide a powerful vehicle for communicating an integrated understanding of the often diverse scientific findings germane to environmental im pact assessment needs to be illustrated convincingly. This book does just that. But it does more. It speaks across cultures: not to transfer know-how from one culture to another, but rather to activate an effective exchange of insights from one locale on the planet to another. As such, it is a genuine contribution to the great en vironmental exhortation of our times - think globally, act locally. Too often the people best placed to make such contributions are too committed to practical outcomes and making a living doing so. Just occasionally, however, they can be persuaded to make the special effort required to communicate globally. In this book, David James has once again orchestrated the contributions of vir tuoso performers. In doing so he has emulated the contribution he sustained throughout the International Drylands Project and preparation of the books written with John Dixon and Paul Sherman: The Economics ofDry/and Management and Case Studies in Dry/and Management (Earthscan, London). Taken together with his recent work as Special Commissioner for the path breaking national Forest and Timber Inquiry for the Australian Government, we have a body of work characterised by great worthiness, integrity and true global significance.

Environmental Impact Assessment

Author: Peter Wathern
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134897715
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This comprehensive treatment of environmental impact assessment (EIA) provides an authoritative contemporary review of theory and practice over the past ten years. EIA is viewed as both science and art, reflecting the concern both with technical aspects of appraisal and the effects of EIA on the decision-making process. Adopted in many countries, with different degrees of enthusiasm, since its inception in the early 1970's, EIA is established as a major procedure for assessing the environmental implications of legislation, the implementation of policy and plans and the initiation of development projects. EIA is increasingly an essential part of environmental management

Methods of Environmental Impact Assessment

Author: Peter Morris
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780415239592
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Environmental impact assessment (EIA) is now firmly established as an important and often obligatory part of proposing or launching any development project. Delivering a successful EIA needs not only an understanding of the theory but also a detailed knowledge of the methods for carrying out the processes required. Peter Morris and Riki Therivel bring together the latest advice on best practice from experienced practitioners to ensure an EIA is carried out correctly. This new edition: • explains how an EIA works and how it should be carried out • demonstrates the relationship of the EIA to socio-economic, environmental and ecological systems • includes completely updated legislative and policy contexts • has added explanations of shared and integrative methods including a new chapter on EIA and sustainability. Invaluable to undergraduate and MSc students of EIA in planning, ecology, geography and environment courses, this third edition of Methods of Environmental Impact Assessment is also of great use to planners, EIA practitioners and professionals seeking to update their skills.

Environmental Management

Author: Vijay Kulkarni
Publisher: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
ISBN: 8179931846
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The life-supporting systems of the planet are being threatened due to deforestation, destruction of habitats, over use of energy resources, and environmental pollution. This book discusses the basic concepts in environmental management, including environmental policies, international treaties, and legislations.

Handbook of Environmental Impact Assessment

Author: Judith Petts
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1444311492
Format: PDF
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Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a significant, anticipatory, environmental management tool. International debate focuses on its enhancement to meet the challenges of sustainable development as well as demands for scientifically robust integrated and participative decision-making. This handbook hopes to improve practices by contributing an international, multidisciplinary, ready-reference source to this debate. Volume I addresses EIA principles, process and methods. Part 1 maps the EIA process and its impact on decision. It positions EIA in the context of sustainable development and relative to other decision tools, including economic valuation. It also positions strategic environmental assessment (SEA) in a similar way. Part 2 addresses the elements of the EIA process and significant impact assessment topics (air, water, ecological, social, risk, landscape and visual) not only in terms of good practice but also methodological evolution. This volume concludes by addressing cumulative impact assessment and SEA methods. Volume II provides a unique consideration for EIA implementation and practice in Europe, Africa, the Far East, South America and North America. It uses a number of project types to provide 'how to do' guidance and addresses practice in policy and plan assessment. This book should be read by legislators, decision-makers, economists, developers, industrial managers and consultants involved in this significant field.

Principles of International Environmental Law

Author: Philippe Sands
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521769590
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Philippe Sands' text on international environmental law provides a clear, authoritative introduction to the subject. This edition has been updated to include relevant new topics, including the Kyoto Protocol, genetically modified organisms, and oil pollution.

Environmental Impact Assessment

Author: Alan Gilpin
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521429672
Format: PDF
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This book examines the crucial role of EIA in government decision-making in Europe, the Nordic countries, North America, Asia and the Pacific.

Municipal Waste Management in Europe

Author: N. Buclet
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401594767
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Nicolas Buclet and Olivier Godard In terms of economic scale, waste management is one of the two most important environmentally oriented sectors. 1 It stands at the cross-roads in the material organization of society, resource management, changing lifestyles and consumption patterns, and ecological issues. For many years waste management has been perceived as aresources and health issue, confined mainly to dense urban areas, and not an environmental issue. In contemporary affiuent societies, however, the scale reached by waste flows, the inheritance of accumulated deposits in soils from the waste of previous generations and increasing levels of public concern about environmental proteetion and quality of life have all conspired to impose a fresh look at what waste really implies for a modern society. We are obliged to focus our attention on such questions as how the circulation of matter is at present organized by society and can be modified and controlled if economic development is to become more environmentally sustainable. This is the period we live in. Significant changes in waste management in European countries have been introduced during the last decade or so. To some extent the transition between traditional regimes mainly based on local disposal and new regimes based on a revised organisation of flows of waste matter is still in the making, involving new attitudes, new activities, new technologies and new incentives, reducing the pressure on virgin natural resources and eliminating the huge dissipation of various pollutants into the environment.

Sustainable Development in a Developing World

Author: Colin H. Kirkpatrick
Publisher: Edward Elgar Pub
ISBN:
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Sustainable development requires the combined application of environmental assessment and economic and social methods of appraisal to guide the development process. This book examines the different ways in which this integration might be achieved in practice using a variety of country case studies.Sustainable Development in a Developing World evaluates the evolution of the three main forms of project appraisal - environmental impact assessment, social impact assessment and economic appraisal - in development policy making over the past 25 years. From this evaluation the authors conclude that there is a need for further integration of socio-economic and environmental assessment in the development planning process. Whilst the diversity of situations in which integration will be effective means that there is no single integration model which will be universally applicable, the authors provide a variety of policy solutions to remedy the present deficiencies. These include raising awareness of this lack of integration with those involved in decision making and consultation activities; promoting a more interdisciplinary approach to policy making and the provision of guidelines reinforced with training programmes on how to undertake integration sensitive to different contexts; and the expansion and improvement of research on the environment, social and economic factors in development processes and improvement of data for integrating appraisal and decision making. This book will be of special interest to development policymakers, consultants, international agencies, government advisers, environmental and development economists as well as academics and postgraduates working in the fields of development and environmental studies.