A comprehensive, clearly structured and readable overview of the subject, Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment has established itself as the leading introduction to EIA worldwide. This fifth edition is a major update reflecting many significant changes in EIA procedures, process, practice and prospects over the last decade. In particular, it includes:
- a much more international dimension, drawing on EIA activities worldwide;
- an up-to-date coverage of the revised EU EIA Directive and its implementation;
- the associated update of contemporary UK procedures and practice;
- best practice on evolving methods in the EIA process;
- a rich array of UK and many international case studies;
- a new coverage of emerging EIA impact topics, including equality/deprivation; culture; resettlement; climate change; ecosystem services; and risk, resilience and cumulative impacts;
- an appraisal of some next steps in the EIA process, including a more effective and proportionate EIA; the impact of technological change; the changing interpretation of the project; project implementation, monitoring and adaptive management; and moves towards a more integrated impact assessment. Together, these topics act as a kind of action list for future EIA;
- the development of SEA legislation and practice in the UK, EU and worldwide; and
- a set of appendices containing key legislation and an EIS review framework.
It is also makes full use of colour illustrations and chapter questions for discussion. Written by two authors with extensive research, training and consultancy experience of EIA, this book brings together the most up-to-date information from many sources.
Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment 5th Edition provides a complete, and critical, introductory text that also supports further studies. Students in undergraduate and postgraduate planning programmes will find it essential as a course text, as will students of environmental management/policy, environmental sciences/studies, geography and built environment. Key stakeholders involved in assessment activities – planners, developers, community groups, pressure groups and decision-makers in government and business – will also welcome this latest edition as a very effective means of getting to grips with the many facets of this important and evolving subject that affects a widening range of development projects.
PART 1. Principles and procedures
Chapter 1. Introduction and principles
Chapter 2. US origins and worldwide development
Chapter 3. EU and UK agency and legislative contexts
PART 2. Process
Chapter 4. Starting up: early stages
Chapter 5. Impact prediction, evaluation, mitigation and enhancement
Chapter 6. Participation, presentation and review
Chapter 7. Monitoring and auditing: after the decision
PART 3. Practice
Chapter 8. UK practice
Chapter 9. EIA practice worldwide
PART 4. Prospects
Chapter 10. EIA impact areas, current and emerging
Chapter 11. EIA next steps: effectiveness and efficiency of the process
Chapter 12. Widening the scope: strategic environmental assessment
John Glasson is Emeritus Professor of Planning and Impact Assessment and Founding Director of the Impacts Assessment Unit (IAU) at Oxford Brookes University, UK. He is also an EIA consultant and Examining Inspector for national infrastructure projects for the Planning Inspectorate.
Riki Therivel is Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University, UK, a member of the IAU and the Director of Levett-Therivel sustainability consultants.
"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 [Environmental Impact Assessment] 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