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   Course Title    Environmental Impact Assessment
Lecturer    Entela Çobani
Institution    Polytechnic University of Tirane
Country    Albania


Many countries in the region are now in the process of including EIA in their curriculum. This is an established procedure in the West and a relatively new one here in the region. Hence for the environmental engineers working in and for the environment there is a need to provide essential information on what EIA consists of and how it operates. This revised course goes further in details for water related projects and energy projects.



EIA course is prepared for the Environmental Engineering students, water treatment and energy efficiency students to give them the principles in theory and practice of EIA process. Wastewater Treatment and Energy Engineers working in and with the environment need to know the EIA procedure and legislation, and how to prepare an EIS, in order to control their activities and projects not to destroy the environment.



The course will be developed in 10 lectures (90 min) and 10 seminars/case-studies (90 min).



Introduction to EIA The nature and purpose of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).

Origins of EIA, diffusion and evolution of EIA

EIA procedure: the legislative option, the policy and the middle ground option.

Planning policy and EIA legislation

EIA in the USA, UK, European Directive on EIA

EIA in other countries, developed and developing.

EIA legislation and planning policy in Albania.

Framework for environmental impact study: the seven-stage system.

  1. Screening,
  2. Scoping
  3. Profiling
  4. Risk Assessment
  5. Risk Management
  6. Implementation and Decision-making
  7. Monitoring and post-Project Evaluation


Preparation of an EIS: Content of EIA, Preparation of an EIS: Planning, Public Participation, Consultation.

Review of EIS

The impact, monitoring and mitigation

On: landscape, ecology, surface and ground waters/minerals, cultural heritage/archaeology, agriculture and forestry, air quality, socio-economic, health.

Of: traffic, noise, contaminated land, contaminated water, air

Costs and benefits of EIA systems.

Valuing the environment



They will cover: ES preparation, Consultation process, Multidisciplinary team management, Project management framework, Selection of study team, Study approach, Study management.

Case study 1: Motorway project

Case study 2: Wastewater treatment projects

Case study 3: Thermal Power Station

Case study 4: Gas Fired Thermal Power Station

Case study 5:Baseline studies for a hydroelectric development:



Environmental Engineering, Gerard Kiely, (1997).

Environmental Impact Assessment – A comparative review, Ch. Wood, (1996).

Environmental Assessment – A guide to the procedure, DoE , Welsh Office, 1989.

Methods of Environmental Impact Assessment, Peter Morris, Riki Therivel, (1996).

Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment, John Glasson, Riki Therivel, Andrew Chadwick, (1996).

EIA , The Environmental Impact Assessment process. What it is and how to do one, Dr. Diana Wiesner.

EIA for Developing Countries, Asit K.Biswas, S.B.C. Agarwala.

Environmental Impact Assessment, Larry W.Canter, (1996)

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