Why environmental impact assessments often fail

Laurance, William F. (2022) Why environmental impact assessments often fail. Therya, 13 (1). pp. 67-72.

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Abstract

The environmental impact assessment (EIA) is a nearly universal instrument intended to limit or to offset the environmental tolls of development projects. Here, I describe some of the key shortcomings of EIAs in terms of their real-world application, especially in developing nations that harbor much of the world’s imperiled biodiversity. A surprisingly large number of EIAs suffer from major inaccuracies and some are green-lighting projects that will have serious environmental and societal costs. I summarize by proposing eight strategies to help improve the conservation capacities of EIAs.

Item ID: 74791
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 2007-3364
Keywords: Biodiversity protection, Conservation, Environmental threats, Habitat loss, Strategic environmental assessment, Threatened species
Copyright Information: © 2022 Asociación Mexicana de Mastozoología Therya is published by the Asociación Mexicana de Mastozoología A.C., the Mexican Association of Mammalogy It is distributed under Licencia de Creative Commons Atribución-NoComercial-SinDerivar 4.0 Internacional
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2022 23:43
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410401 Conservation and biodiversity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1899 Other environmental management > 189999 Other environmental management not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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