Environmental Assessment for Sustainable Development

ISBN9782553011382 EditeurPresses internationales Polytechnique pages522 Parution2004-04-05
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Multiple environmental problems afflict our contemporary world and have been the subject of discussions during many international meetings. All declarations resulting from these meetings insist on including environmental problems and on EA as an important tool to achieve this. This book aims to reach three objectives. First, it introduces EA to people from different disciplines, and therefore it opens up the perspective of new disciplinary horizons. Second, the authors discuss EA as a socio-political process rather than emphasizing methodologies. Third, this book draws mainly on the experience in Francophone countries which is still poorly disseminated.

This book targets professors and university students interested in environmental assessment (EA), and particularly in environmental impact assessment (EIA), as well as all actors involved in the environmental scene including practitioners, members of non-governmental organizations, decision makers and citizens who wish to know more about managing their environment more effectively.

AUTHORS

Pierre André, Ph. D. (Biology), conceived the book and is its main author. He is professor in human environment with the Geography Department, Université de Montréal. He has been teaching impact assessment since 1984, and is an active member of different associations for impact assessment.

Claude E. Delisle, Ph. D. (Biology), is a retired professor from the Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering Department, École Polytechnique de Montréal. He has been teaching about project environmental impact studies since 1977.

Jean-Pierre Revéret, D.E.A. (Applied School), Ph. D. (Economics), is professor at the Institute of Environmental Sciences, Université du Québec à Montréal. He has studied and provided training in several African countries and Eastern Europe.

Argumentaire

TARGET MARKET
This book targets professors and university students interested in environmental assessment (EA), and particularly in environmental impact assessment (EIA), as well as all actors involved in the environmental scene including practitioners, members of non-governmental organizations, decision makers and citizens who wish to know more about managing their environment more effectively.

NEED
Multiple environmental problems afflict our contemporary world and have been the subject of discussions during many international meetings. All declarations resulting from these meetings insist on including environmental problems and on EA as an important tool to achieve this. This book aims to reach three objectives. First, it introduces EA to people from different disciplines, and therefore it opens up the perspective of new disciplinary horizons. Second, the authors discuss EA as a socio-political process rather than emphasizing methodologies. Third, this book draws mainly on the experience in Francophone countries which is still poorly disseminated.

SUBJECT
Since this book is aimed at a multidisciplinary clientele with multiple interests, the authors decided to approach the subject by focussing on process and actors. Thus, the subject matter is divided into five major parts: the history and major issues of EA from a sustainable development perspective (Chapters 1 to 3); the actors, i.e. the Project Proponent and consulting firms, the public, the decision maker and international actors (Chapters 4 to 7); methods and tools including public participation (Chapters 8 and 9); processes in practice through step by step processes in pratice and cas studies (Chapters 10 and 11); and, finally, recent and upcoming developments in EA, including elements of strategic environmental assessment (Chapters 12 and 13). An index facilitates searching for information. The reader is also invited to consult the book's website.
Chapter 1
Sustainable Development: An Analytical Framework for Environmental Assessment

Chapter 2
Definitions, Issues and History

Chapter 3
General Process, Regional Characteristics, Limitations and Constraints

Chapter 4
Project Proponent and Consulting Firms

Chapter 5
The Public

Chapter 6
The Decision Maker

Chapter 7
International Actors

Chapter 8
Public Participation

Chapter 9
Methods and Tools

Chapter 10
Process in Practice

Chapter 11
EA: Case Studies

Chapter 12
Strategic Environmental Assessment

Chapter 13
The Future of EIA

Appendix A - Glossary
Appendix B - Main Historical Benchmarks in EA in the Francophonie
Appendix C - Summaries of Selected EIA Processes in French-Speaking Countries
Appendix D - Some Essential EA Websites

References
Index