A Guide to Best Practice
Chapter 4: Approach and methodology
Our approach to the book is based on the one we adopted for the Tekes project on company best practices in Arctic EIA. In brief, the first part entails research on all eight Arctic countries’ EIA systems, while the second part focuses on semi-structured interviews, some by phone but many in person, to ascertain best practice examples. We make no assertion, however, that this is in any way a comprehensive survey. While we attempted to interview all stakeholders relevant to the EIA process, it was in some cases difficult (with the exception of Finland) to obtain interviews with companies. NGOs were difficult for another reason, which is that few of them, especially in the Nordic countries, are of a size to have much experience in EIA. Even with these constraints we have nevertheless been able to gather a number of interesting best practice examples across the Arctic region that hopefully will be informative, useful and interesting as well.
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