Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
Ólafur Ögmundarson and Gunnar Páll Eydal
Oceanic and coastal ecosystems are under increasing threats from human activities, both on local and global scales. Overfishing, climate changes, pollution, habitat destruction and introduced species are among the most acute problems. This course introduces concepts and methodologies of environmental impact assessment (EIA) and strategic environmental assessment (SEA). As well, it reviews past environmental impact studies, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses. Special attention will be paid to the scientific quality of EIA studies (design and confounding factors) and how authorities comply with regulations and directives. EIA will also be put into the context of the Water Framework Directive and the European Marine Strategy of the EU. Students will have an exercise in how to prepare and implement an impact assessment of a project, plan and a policy. In the latter part of the course there will be an introduction to the theory and methods of various management systems used in the world. The class will review the rationale for such systems, as well as their principles, components and use. Different environmental and sustainability management frameworks will be evaluated.
Application deadline for the whole Master's Program: April 15th for EU/EEA citizens and February 15th for citizens outside of the EU/EEA
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