Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) should inform decision makers about the likely effects of a proposed development on natural and man-made environments. It is a consultative and participatory process between scientists, environmental managers, developers, public bodies and government authorities, and it requires a wide range of skills and expertise to complete successfully. Its aim is to identify likely impacts and possible mitigation measures at an early stage and thus improve the quality of both project planning and decision-making. This course will provide a background to the principles and practice of the EIA process and hands-on experience and skills training with realistic environmental impact scenarios. Specifically it aims to:
* Provide a background of the principles and practice of the EIA process.
* Provide training in undertaking EIA projects, including communication of outcomes via final written report.
* Promote development of a wide range of transferable skills that are an integral part of the specialist ability to contribute to the EIA process.
On successful completion of this module, students will:
A be able to define environmental impact assessment and describe the main stages of the environmental impact assessment process;
B have an understanding of EIA legislation, regulation and applications in China and elsewhere;
C apply a range of methods to various stages of EIA process;
D identify how impacts on specific environmental parameters may be assessed; and
E apply practical environmental impact assessment skills to the assessment of a proposed project.
Lectures, tutorials and site visit.