Distilling and applying criteria for best practice EIA follow-up

Pinto, Elise, Morrison-Saunders, Angus, Bond, Alan, Pope, Jenny and Retief, Francois (2019) Distilling and applying criteria for best practice EIA follow-up. Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, 21 (2). ISSN 1464-3332

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Abstract

Follow-up is an essential component of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) if the success of EIA in improving the sustainability of a project once implemented is to be determined. This paper aims to establish universally-applicable criteria for EIA follow-up to evaluate project performance once assessed and underway. A suite of 24 criteria is derived from EIA follow-up best practice principles published by the International Association for Impact Assessment. The criteria are categorized according to the five dimensions of EIA follow-up: monitoring, evaluation, management, communication and governance. Posed as questions, the criteria support qualitative assessments of EIA follow-up performance for a project. Through application of the criteria to a case study currently under construction (the Shell Cove Marina project in eastern Australia), we found they provided an effective basis for a document review process delivering a short but informative account of the follow-up performance of the case study. The more robust evaluation of some of the criteria, particularly in the governance category, would require supplementary techniques such as interviews.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: eia follow-up,best practice,monitoring,evaluation,management,communication,environmental performance,governance,environmental science(all) ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2300
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2019 08:30
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2020 09:10
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/71646
DOI: 10.1142/S146433321950008X

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