Introduction To Environmental Impact Assessment

4th Edition

By John Glasson, Riki Therivel, Andrew Chadwick

Routledge – 2012 – 416 pages

Series: Natural and Built Environment Series

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Description

Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment provides students and practitioners with a clearly structured overview of the subject, as well as critical analysis and support for further studies. Written by three authors with extensive research, training and practical experience in EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment), the book covers the latest EIA legislation, guidance and good practice.

This edition updates essential information on:

• the evolving nature of EIA

• experience of the implementation of the changing EU and UK EIA procedures

• best practice in the EIA process

• other key issues in the process, explored in an extended case studies section

• comparative EIA systems worldwide

• development of SEA/SA legislation and practice

• prospects for the future of EIA.

Although the book’s focus is on the UK and the EU, the principles and techniques it describes are applicable internationally. With colour images and a new modern design, the book provides an essential introduction to EIA for undergraduate and postgraduate students on planning courses, as well as those studying environmental management and policy, environmental sciences, geography and the built environment. Planners, developers, community groups and decision-makers in government and business will also welcome the book as an effective way to get to grips with this important and evolving subject that affects a wide range of development projects.

Reviews

"However, the value in the book, and it is a very big value, it is that it gives a real understanding of EIAs. Recommended." - Richard J. Peppin, Noise Control Engineering Journal

"This publication is probably the most detailed and useful textbook written on EIA to date. It mixes theory with a candid description of EIA practice in a truly remarkable fashion, which makes it a worthwhile addition to the EIA practitioner’s library. Although the text is strongly focused on practices in the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU), it still manages to provide a superior account of the generic EIA process and its application worldwide." – Zsuzsa Banhalmi-Zakar, Griffith University

Reviews from previous editions:

"Probably the highest endorsement I can give this book is that I have used the first edition in my teaching of environmental impact assessment (EIA) for a number of years now and have subsequently changed over to this new (third) version. It presents an excellent introduction to the theory and practice of EIA. Overall this is an informative book and probably the best introductory text on EIA available; it is well worth purchasing a copy" – Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal

"This book should join a limited number of publications that provide the essential first stages on a rapid EIA learning curve . . . Well written and referenced and should provide an invaluable introduction to EIA for a wide range of people including students, practitioners, developers and decision makers" – Environmental Assessment

"This book gives the student a good introduction to the history and evolution of environmental impact assessment. It covers the existing legislation well and provides interesting case studies and examples along the way to keep the reader interested . . . Many local authorities when faced with their first EIA would welcome such a review" Built Environment

Contents

Part 1: Principles and procedures 1. Introduction and principles 2. Origins and development 3. UK agency and legislative context Part 2: Process 4. Starting up; early stages 5. Impact prediction, evaluation and mitigation 6. Participation, presentation and review 7. Monitoring and auditing: after the decision Part 3: Practice 8. An overview of UK practice to date 9. Case studies of EIA in practice 10. Comparative practice Part 4: Prospects 11. Widening the scope: strategic environmental assessment 12. Improving the effectiveness of project assessment

Author Bio

John Glasson is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Planning, Founding Director of the Impacts Assessment Unit (IAU) and of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD), at Oxford Brookes University. He is also Visiting Professor at Curtin University in Western Australia.

Riki Therivel is Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University, a Senior Research Associate in the IAU and partner in Levett-Therivel sustainability consultants. Both Riki Therivel and John Glasson were appointed Commissioners of the UK Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC).

Andrew Chadwick is Senior Research Associate in the IAU.

Welcome!

This companion website is designed to be used alongside Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment 4th edition.  To give further help and guidance to students studying the EIA topics, the editors have provided:

  • sample answers to chapter questions from the book
  • weblinks for more information on EIA and legislation, arranged by type
  • flashcards to aid revision. 

Information from Series Editor – Professor John Glasson, Oxford Brookes University

We have been very pleased with the excellent response, by both students and practitioners alike, in Europe and worldwide, to earlier versions of our book on EIA. This was neatly summed up by one Australian reviewer ‘Probably the highest endorsement I can give this book is that I have used the first edition in my teaching of environmental impact assessment (EIA) for a number of years now and have subsequently changed over to this new (third) version. It presents an excellent introduction to the theory and practice of EIA……….Overall this is an informative book and probably the best introductory text on EIA available; it is well worth purchasing a copy.’ Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal

We believe we have moved the book on much further in this 4th edition, reflecting the continuing evolution of this most important topic. It is a comprehensive, but also a critical, introduction to EIA, drawing on the major teaching, academic research, and especially the wide consultancy experience, of the authors. Major updates include, in particular: experience of the implementation of the evolving EC and UK EIA procedures; best practice in the EIA process; an extended case-studies section which explores more key issues in the process; comparative EIA system worldwide; the development of SEA/SA legislation and practice; and changing, and widening, prospects for EIA.

About the Book

Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment provides students and practitioners with a clearly structured overview of the subject, as well as critical analysis and support for further studies. Written by three authors with extensive research, training and practical experience in EIA, the book covers the latest EIA legislation, guidance and good practice.

This edition updates essential information on:

  • the evolving nature of EIA
  • experience of the implementation of the changing EU and UK EIprocedures
  • best practice in the EIA process
  • extended case studies section which explores more key issues in the process
  • comparative EIA systems worldwide
  • development of SEA/SA legislation and practice
  • prospects for the future of EIA.

Focussing on the UK and the EU, the principles and techniques it describes are applicable internationally. With colour images and a new modern design, the book provides an essential introduction to EIA for undergraduate and postgraduate students on planning courses, as well as those studying environmental management and policy, environmental sciences, geography and the built environment. Planners, developers, community groups and decision-makers in government and business will also welcome the book as an effective way to get to grips with this important and evolving subject which affects a wide range of development projects.