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Environmental Law: Impact Assessment

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Environmental impact statements -- Law and legislation

Construction projects -- Environmental aspects
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EIA: Environmental Impact Assessment

Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs)
should be carried out to assess the consequences of individual projects. Can be reactive.

Goals and principles of environmental impact assessment : decision 14/25 of the Governing Council of UNEP, of 17 June 1987 UNEP(092)/E5

Strategic Environmental Assessment
Ideally proactive, SEAs examine the consequences of proposed policies, projects etc to ensure that the environment (and sustainability) is not neglected in favour of economic or social benefits of the proposals. 



"Public interest lawyers from 10 countries founded ELAW in 1989. These lawyers were working together at a public interest law conference at the University of Oregon School of Law. As they talked, they discovered that communities in their countries were facing similar environmental challenges. They realized that if they could share strategies and legal and scientific information across borders, they could protect communities and the environment more effectively. ELAW's founders agreed to collaborate, replicate successful strategies, and learn from each other's experience. They began their cross-border collaboration in the early days of e-mail. As the network of public interest lawyers grew, ELAW became a pioneer in wiring the grassroots. Today, more than 300 public interest advocates from 80 countries work together through the ELAW network."