Integrating Climate Change into Environmental Impact Assessments: Key Design Elements
15 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2018
Date Written: October 26, 2018
This paper explores the integration of climate mitigation into the environmental impact assessment processes. The focus here is on the much neglected mitigation element (which is defined to include GHG emissions as well as impacts on natural sinks such as forests, soils, grasslands and oceans). To this end, the paper considers how to integrate the GHG emission and sinks impacts of projects at five critical stages of the assessment process: triggering, information gathering, analysis, the project decision, and post-approval follow-up.
Keywords: Impact assessment, EA, EIA, climate change
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