Reflecting on, and revising, international best practice principles for EIA follow-up

Angus Morrison-Saunders, Jos Arts, Alan Bond, Jenny Pope, Francois Retief

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Abstract

Follow-up is a vital component of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), being essential for understanding assessment outcomes. Long-standing international best practice principles for EIA follow-up are reviewed, and revisions proposed, based on workshops with academics and practitioners, literature review and self-reflection.
The proposed revision of EIA follow-up principles will feature an introduction with a simple definition and explanation of objectives for follow-up, and 15 principles. The revised principles address: objective; context; early establishment; project life-cycle; transparency; accessibility; accountability; performance criteria provision; enforcement; learning; adaptive environmental management; flexible or adaptive approach; tiering; cumulative effects and overall performance evaluation. Through publishing this proposal, it is hoped to simultaneously inform or inspire EIA practitioners to enhance their own follow-up knowledge and practices, and to seek input for further refinements that might lead to a revised set of international best practice principles for EIA follow-up.
Original languageEnglish
Article number106596
Number of pages10
JournalEnvironmental Impact Assessment Review
Volume89
Early online date20 Apr 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021

Keywords

  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Follow-up
  • Best practice
  • Principles
  • Learning
  • Adaptive

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