Environmental impact assessments definition

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Suggestion 1: Adapt CBD definitions[edit | edit source]

“a process of evaluating the likely environmental impacts, including cumulative impacts, of a proposed project or development.”

References: CBD Art 14

Suggestion 2: Adapt ESPOO convention definitions[edit | edit source]

“procedure for evaluating the likely impact of a proposed activity on the environment.”

References: ESPOO Convention Art 1

Suggestion 3: Include definition of impact[edit | edit source]

Include definition of “impact” to clarify scope. E.g.: “’Impact’ means any effect caused by a proposed activity on the environment including human health and safety, flora, fauna, soil, air, water, climate, landscape and historical monuments or other physical structures or the interaction among these factors; it also includes effects on cultural heritage or socio-economic conditions resulting from alterations to those factors.”

References: ESPOO Convention Art 1

Suggestion 4:[edit | edit source]

Environmental impact assessment means a process to evaluate the environmental impacts of activity to be carried out in areas beyond national jurisdiction, with an effect on areas within or beyond national jurisdiction, taking into account interrelated socioeconomic, cultural and human health impacts, both beneficial and adverse.

References: Chair’s streamlined non-paper on elements of a draft text of the ILBI at PrepCom 4