Furthering Environmental Impact Assessment

Furthering Environmental Impact Assessment

Towards a Seamless Connection between EIA and EMS

Edited by Anastássios Perdicoúlis, Bridget Durning and Lisa Palframan

The environmental impact of development projects is currently studied and mitigated from two distinct perspectives: before and after project implementation, with environmental impact assessment (EIA) and environmental management systems (EMS) being the main instruments on the respective sides. This double perspective creates a discontinuity in the way environmental impacts are analysed, an issue that has been noted by both academics and practitioners. This book gathers and presents both theoretical and actual examples to link EIA with EMS and explores ways to overcome difficulties and provide innovative solutions.

Chapter 10: EIA–EMS Link from the Flood Risk Management Sector

Karl Fuller, Claire Vetori, Bruce Munro and Kevin House

Subjects: business and management, management and sustainability, environment, environmental management, environmental sociology


Karl Fuller, Claire Vetori, Bruce Munro, and Kevin House The Environment Agency for England and Wales includes, amongst its functions, oversight of flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCRM). Direct responsibility is held for flood risk management for main rivers (larger watercourses) and the coast. This involves the planning, construction and maintenance of flood risk management projects. This chapter sets out the background against which the Environment Agency undertakes flood risk management activities. This includes environmental duties and obligations set out in legislation and government guidance, and environmental sensitivities that are inherent in the fluvial and coastal environment of England and Wales. We then explain the framework under which environmental assessment and environmental management is implemented, before describing in more detail how this operates in practice in the implementation of a project. The chapter concludes by discussing how the Environment Agency passes lessons learned from one project to other similar projects and identifies areas in which the environmental assessment and management framework could be further strengthened. 157 Furthering Environmental Impact Assessment 10.1 Background The Environment Agency was established in 1995 by the Environment Act.1 The Environment Agency’s principal aim and objectives in discharging its functions are set out in Regulation 4 of the Act; to protect or enhance the environment, and to contribute towards the objective of sustainable development. The Environment Agency acts in a variety of functional roles in delivering its duties, acting as an operating authority, a regulatory authority and a licensing body. As an operating authority...

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