Handbook of Environmental Impact Assessment: Concepts and Practice
Due to rapid economic growth and enhancing employment opportunities, manufacturing and infrastructural projects play a vital role, especially in developing nations. Even though voluminous literature is available on environmental impact assessment (EIA), guidelines on conducting good quality assessments are lacking. It may be recognized that good EIA reports can only facilitate government decision making with sustainability considerations.
The book is the result of the review of more than 150 EIA reports and the analysis of shortcomings observed by the author. It will serve to bridge the gap in the limited understanding of EIA concepts by practitioners and practical aspects by fresh graduates. The book describes the output and salient features of a good quality EIA report and case studies to facilitate professionals preparing and appraising these reports. It will be of immense use to environment ministries, EIA practitioners, EIA appraisal authorities, project proponents, academics, and NGOs, especially in the emerging economies.
Dr Arjun Kumar A. Rathi is a former Professor at CEPT University, India, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the National Institute of Technology Karnataka, India. He has also worked as Visiting Faculty at several institutes, and previously served as Director (Environment) to the Government of Gujarat, India. He has conducted several short-term training courses on environmental impact assessment (EIA) and assessed more than 70 EIA consultants for accreditation. His fields of interest include environmental impact assessment, resource conservation, wastewater treatment, and hazardous waste management. He is the author of the books Environmental Management and Industrial Development, and Environmental Impact Assessment: A Practical Guide for Professional Practice, as well as three book chapters and more than 80 journal articles on the environment, safety, industry, and management-related topics.
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