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Environmental Impact Assessment Handbook:
A Practical Guide for Planners, Developers and Communities

Environmental Impact Assessment Handbook

Authors: Barbara Carroll & Trevor Turpin

This book gives guidance on the steps and studies needed to undertake an EIA and to produce a successful Environmental Statement. It is written for planners, developers and communities who need sufficient introduction to EIA to know what needs to be prepared, who needs to prepare it and when it needs to be prepared by.

It is an approachable and practical guide, with many illustrated explanations and examples, written from the practitioner’s perspective. The guidance presents the requirements to the EIA procedures in the UK in a practical format, illustrated with case examples.Each environmental topic is discussed, methodologies for assessing effects are indicated, and the characteristics of selected development types are described.

The handbook approach has been designed with cross-referencing, checklists and sources, which also makes it suitable for easy reference and as a valuable introductory text as well as a useful reference tool for the EIA practitioner. The handbook will: present the requirements of EIA according to the UK EIA Regulations in a readily usable and practical way; inspire and share experience towards good EIA practice by a practical handbook format illustrated with case studies; inform and guide the use of EIA early and effectively in the development design and land use planning processes; and demonstrate the advantages of improvements in EIA practice to facilitate better informed planning decisions.

” This is one of those books rarely available…
It should be on the desk of every consultant, developer, local authority planner and environmental regulator concerned with EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) work.”
Dr Andrew Brookes, Gifford & Partners


“We have found it useful for training purposes and for the insight many of its sections bring to key areas of practice. It is the translation of practical experience into an easy to read and follow style that made the first edition so well received, and I welcome its successor!”
Dr Ross Marshall, President, IAIA
Manager, National Environmental Assessment Service, UK Environment Agency
(from Foreword to Second Edition, 2009)


“…the book is a must.”
Clive Briffett, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal