Starter : Look at the photograph. This is the site for a proposed coal mine, providing essential fuel for the community. In pairs : D iscuss whether you think the mine should go ahead. Give reasons to support your answer. Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA). Learning outcomes.
Starter: Look at the photograph. This is the site for a proposed coal mine, providing essential fuel for the community.In pairs:Discuss whether you think the mine should go ahead. Give reasons to support your answer.
You should all be able to:
Most of you should be able to:
Some of you might be able to:
The purpose of an EIA is to establish the impact of a project on the environment.
Predicts possible impacts on habitats, species and ecosystems.
The report should provide a non-technical summary for the public and the media.
Environmental Impact Assessment?
Addresses the mitigation of potential environmental impacts associated with the development.
Helps decision makers decide if the development should go ahead.
The Three Gorges Dam in China
- needed an EIA.
Severn Power Station, UK
A. Limiting the effects of impacts to acceptable limits (MITIGATION).
B. Predicting the scale of potential impacts.
C. Identifying impacts (SCOPING).
D. Deciding if an EIA is needed and which impacts need to be considered (SCREENING).
Carried out because we need to know what the physical and biological environment is like, before the project starts.
Group Thought: What variables do you think would be measured?
When evaluating the environmental impact of different projects the following criteria are used:
In pairs discuss what you thing they mean…
What scale will the impact have?
How big an area does the impact affect? Site only, local or regional.
How long will the impact be for? Short, Medium or Long term.