Simply stated, impact assessment is identification of future consequences of a current or proposed action. Environmental impact assessment is currently required by laws in many nations of the world. Environmental impact assessment is an intensely interdisciplinary process that utilizes the biological, physical, and social sciences in analyzing the potential impacts of an action and in devising strategies for minimizing or preventing such impacts. Closely related fields that are also covered in this category include life cycle analysis of products and social impact assessment.
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- Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency Comprehensive EIA resource for Canada, including EIA legislation, guidance, training opportunities, specific EIA reports and reviews, and EIA links.
- International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) Organization brings together researchers, practitioners, and users of various types of impact assessments worldwide. Find organization information, EIA resources, and links to related sites.
- Environmental Impact Assessment of Irrigation and Drainage Projects Guide for consultants and planners in developing countries, from FAO.
- Centre of Environmental Science (CML) - Section Substances and Products Leiden university group, specializing in life cycle assessment and substance flow analysis. Provides information on the group, its ongoing projects and several downloadable papers and reports.
- US EPA Office of Federal Activities - NEPA About the agency's filing and review of US environmental impact statements (EISs), EPA compliance with NEPA, and technical assistance and capacity building for environmental compliance, enforcement, and impact assessment in other countries.
- Environmental Impact Assessment in New York State Regulations and related requirements, guidance for analyzing impacts, electronic copies of past state EISs, and downloadable forms.
- Planets Project Research project funded by the European Commission with the aim of assessing the impact of technology development and deployment over the next 50 years.
Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context
http://www.unece.org/env/eia/ International EIA convention signed in 1991. Text, ratification status, implementation reports, and related resources.
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