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Addressing significant impacts coherently in environmental impact statements

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Duarte, Carla Grigoletto [1, 2] ; Sanchez, Luis Enrique [1]
Total Authors: 2
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Escola Politecn, Av Prof Mello Moraes 2373, BR-05508900 Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
[2] Fed Univ Sao Paulo UNIFESP, Inst Environm Chem & Pharmaceut Sci, Rua Sao Nicolau 210, BR-09913030 Diadema, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Web of Science Citations: 0

Determining if and why an impact is significant is a key task to inform decisions on the acceptability of a project through Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Hence, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) should be coherent in reaching conclusions about impact significance and in reverberating them in recommendations about mitigation. In this paper we present a procedure to analyze whether significant impacts are addressed coherently in an EIS, by analyzing if significance determination is grounded in information presented in the baseline and project description, supported by prediction of impact magnitude and if it unfolds into mitigation measures. In order to test the procedure, we applied it to two EIS selected from the International Finance Corporation's database. Results show that all impacts classified as significant were supported by information presented in the baseline and project description, as well as connected to corresponding mitigation measures. However, prediction of impact magnitude was not substantiated either on qualitative or quantitative methods. We argue that coherence in addressing significant impacts is one measure of EIS quality. If an EIS does not address its impacts coherently its reliability and credibility are impaired. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 13/04285-0 - Sustainability assessment and impact assessment in the sugar-energy sector: an analysis of the potential contributions in São Paulo State
Grantee:Carla Grigoletto Duarte
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate