Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) were established as a response to increasing concern regarding the environmental effects of major development projects.
This topic describes the EIA process, which consists of a well-structured systematic series of steps involving the analysis of the likely consequences of a proposed development. This includes baseline environmental conditions and predictions of the likely impacts during construction, operation and decommissioning.
The aim of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is to protect the environment by ensuring that the environmental consequences of a development are fully considered.
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