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   Course Title    Environmental Impact Assessment
Lecturer    Witold Woloszyn
Institution    University of Maria Curie
Country    Poland


I. AIM OF THE COURSE

The main aim of the course is to introduce the field of environmental management, by focusing on the procedures for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and taking into account the concept of sustainable development. Particular emphasis will be placed on the study of human impacts on the environment, and how to evaluate the importance and significance of these impacts and regulate their effects. In addition, students will be able to practice a holistic approach to environmental problems solving, team work, scientific report writing skills, and oral presentation skills. The above mentioned knowledge and skills are regarded as very important in the light of EIA practice.

II. ROLE OF THE COURSE IN THE OVERALL DEGREE CURRICULUM

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) course is addressed to students of MSc studies in Environmental Protection as well as Geography, who specialize in Environmental Protection. In accordance with the formal Polish educational requirements established by the Ministry of Eduation, EIA forms an integral element of the core part of Environmental Protection studies in Poland.

III. METHODS USED

The course consists of lectures (15 hours) and practical classes (30 hours). Use will be made of role model playing which should help to develop problem solving skills, as well as to increase the understanding of EIA procedure. During practical classes case studies will be applied to illustrate scoping, screening, significance assessment, EIS review as well as public involvement methodologies. Modern computer methods will also be utilized to some extent.

IV. COURSE CONTENT

Lectures

  1. Origin, principles and purpose of EIA, EIA terminology, International EIA context (NEPA, European Union Directives: 337/85, 11/97; Espoo Convention, Aarhus Convention, World Bank and other institutions and organisations) (2 hours)
  2. Legal bases for EIA in Poland (EIA and land use planning, nature conservation and environmental protection and other environmental acts; projects requiring EIA; role of stakeholders) (2 hours)
  3. Main stages of the EIA process (screening, scoping, impact prediction, EIA report preparation, monitoring and auditing of impacts) (4 hours)
  4. A practical introduction to methods for assessing, predicting and mitigating of ecological and socioeconomic impacts (3 hours)
  5. EIA Report structure, preparation and evaluation (1 hour)
  6. Public participation in an EIA exercise - various available methods (1 hour)
  7. Current problems concerning the EIA legal, procedural and methodological aspects, EIA and sustainable development - links, practical integration, introduction to Strategic Environmental Assessment (2 hours).

Practical classes (selection; specially structured exercises are based mainly on case studies)

  • Construction and use of screening guidelines (local level),
  • Construction and use of scoping guidelines (local level),
  • Impact significance assessment guidelines,
  • Environmental Impact Report construction and review,
  • Selected EIA methods and their application (checklists, networks, adaptive methods, GIS),
  • The role of stakeholders in an EIA (table construction; environmental authorities, developer, public, EIA experts),
  • EIA case studies illustrating selected development projects (for example: transport, energy, waste, industry, agriculture)
  • Guidelines for EIA effectiveness (legal, institutional, organisational and methodological aspects).

V. READINGS (only in Polish)

Lenart W., Tyszecki A., 2000: Poradnik przeprowadzania ocen oddzialywania na srodowisko. EKOKONSULT, Gdansk.

Lenart W., 2000: Rola konsultacji i negocjacji spolecznych w procedurze uzgadniania inwestycji zmieniajacych srodowisko. EKOKONSULT, Gdansk.

Problemy Ocen Srodowiskowych (selected papers)



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