Capacity-Building for Biodiversity in Impact Assessment

The following links may be of use in extracting further information regarding impact assessment; the practice and legislation regarding IA activities, species and geographical information.

Websites

Biodiversity Observations on the Internet

The global platform of Biodiversity Observations serves as a tool for sharing best practices on how countries/projects integrate biodiversity in public awareness and facilitates intercultural communication and cooperation. Including twelve projects, the observations share knowledge though the use of the internet as one of the new and future-oriented media. They also facilitate biodiversity and sustainable development communication and cooperation among partners throughout the world.
<http://portal.unesco.org/ci/en/ev.php-URL_ID=12598&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html>

Convention on Biological Diversity

Impact Assessment, Liability and Redress theme
<http://www.biodiv.org/programmes/socio-eco/impact/>

International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA)

The association ... FILL ...
<http://www.iaia.org/modx>

Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)

Biodiversity-inclusive impact assessment
<http://www.iema.net/readingroom/show/6150/c168>

International Institute for Sustainable Development: Biodiversity & Wildlife

Links to the IISD coverage of meetings from a number of biodiversity and impact assessment-related conventions
<http://www.iisd.ca/process/biodiv_wildlife.htm>

The Ramsar Convention

Bagri, A and Vorhies, F (1999) Ramsar CoP7 Doc. 19.1: The Ramsar Convention and Impact Assessment
<http://www.ramsar.org/cop7/cop7_doc_19.1_e.htm>

The Ramsar Convention also provides guidance on impact assessment, which can be found through the following link:
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United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

UNEP Islands website; biodiversity and SIDS information
<http://islands.unep.ch/dd98-7a5.htm>

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Sector-specific resources

Mining
Abandoned mine. Image © Jeremy BarkerAbandoned mine
Image © Jeremy Barker
Oil and gas

Documents

Bagri, A, McNeely, J and Vorhies, F (1998) Biodiversity and Impact Assessment. Paper presented at a workshop on Biodiversity and Impact Assessment, Christchurch, New Zealand. Previously available from http://biodiversityeconomics.org/pdf/980421-06.pdf, but apparently no longer available online.

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) (1996) A Guide on Biodiversity and Environmental Assessment. Minister of Supply and Services, Canada.
<http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/017/images/CEAA_19E.PDF>

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) (1998) Decision IV/10 Measures for implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity C. Impact assessment and minimizing adverse effects: consideration of measures for the implementation of Article 14.
<http://www.biodiv.org/decisions/default.aspx?dec=IV/10>

CBD (2000) Decision V/18 Impact assessment, liability and redress I. Impact Assessment.
<http://www.biodiv.org/decisions/default.aspx?dec=V/18>

CBD (2002) Decision VI/7 A. Further development of guidelines for incorporating biodiversity-related issues into environmental-impact-assessment legislation or processes and in strategic impact assessment.
<http://www.biodiv.org/decisions/default.asp?lg=0&dec=VI/7>

CBD (2003) Proposals for further development and refinement of the guidelines for incorporating biodiversity-related issues into environmental impact assessment legislation or procedures and in strategic impact assessment: report on ongoing work.
<http://www.biodiv.org/doc/meetings/sbstta/sbstta-09/information/sbstta-09-inf-18-en.pdf>

Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) (2002) Resolution 7.2 Impact Assessment and Migratory Species. Available at http://www.wcmc.org.uk/cms/COP/cop7/proceedings/pdf/en/part_I/Res_Rec/RES_7_02_Impact_Assessment.pdf no longer here

Countryside Council for Wales, English Nature, Environment Agency & RSPB (2004) Strategic Environmental Assessment and Biodiversity: Guidance for Practitioners, June 2004.
<http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/commondata/acrobat/sea_and_biodiversity_839620.pdf> and
<http://www.rspb.org.uk/ourwork/policy/planning/sea.asp>

Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal (IAPA) Special Issue on Biodiversity and Impact Assessment scheduled for publication in March 2005.

IAIA (2004) Biodiversity-inclusive Impact Assessment.
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IEEM (2006) Guidelines for Ecological Impact Assessment.
<http://www.ieem.org.uk/EcIA%203%20Feb%2006.pdf>

Le Maitre, D.C., Euston-Brown, D.I.W. & Gelderblom, C.M. (1997). Are the potential impacts on biodiversity adequately assessed in southern African environmental impact assessments. In Programme and papers: Integrated environmental management in southern Africa: state of the art and lessons learnt pp 173-183. IAIASA'97, South Africa, September 1997. (Copies of paper available from Helen Byron (h.byron AT imperial.ac.uk) or David Le Maitre (dlmaitre AT csir.co.za))

Le Maitre D.C. & Gelderblom C.M. (1998) Biodiversity impact assessment: putting the theory into practice. Paper presented at the IAIA'98 Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand (Copies of paper available as above)

Milko, Robert. 1998. Wetlands Environmental Assessment Guideline. Biodiversity Protection Branch, Environment Canada (Canadian Wildlife Service).
<http://www.cws-scf.ec.gc.ca/publications/eval/wetl/index_e.cfm>

Milko, Robert. 1998. Migratory Birds Environmental Assessment Guideline. Biodiversity Protection Branch, Environment Canada (Canadian Wildlife Service).
<http://www.cws-scf.ec.gc.ca/publications/eval/mig/index_e.cfm>

Milko, Robert. 1998. Environmental assessment guideline for forest habitat of migratory birds. Biodiversity Protection Branch, Environment Canada (Canadian Wildlife Service).
<http://www.cws-scf.ec.gc.ca/publications/eval/forest/index_e.cfm>

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (2002) Handbook for Biodiversity Valuation - A Guide for Policy Makers.
Executive summary: <http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/43/62/2086251.pdf>; the full handbook must be purchased from the OECD - try their online bookshop <http://www.oecdbookshop.org/oecd/index.asp?lang=EN>

Pritchard, D. E. (1996) Environmental Impact Assessment and the Ramsar Convention.
Previously available at http://www.ramsar.org/archives_pritchard.htm, but apparently no longer

Pritchard, D E (in press). Environmental Impact Assessment - an indispensable tool for implementing the Convention. CMS Bulletin 19 - special 25th anniversary issue. Convention on Migratory Species, Bonn.
<http://www.cms.int/publications/cms_bull.htm>

Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (2002) Resolution VIII.9 Guidelines for incorporating biodiversity-related issues into environmental impact assessment legislation and/or processes and in strategic environmental assessment' adopted by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and their relevance to the Ramsar Convention.
<http://www.ramsar.org/res/key_res_viii_index_e.htm>

Ramsar Convention Secretariat (2004) Ramsar handbook for the wise use of wetlands, Volume 13 Impact Assessment. 3rd edition, Ramsar Convention Secretariat, Gland, Switzerland.
<http://www.ramsar.org/lib/lib_handbooks2006_e.htm>

UNEP (2001) UNEP-BPSP Thematic Study - Integration of Biodiversity into National Environmental Assessment Procedures.
<http://www.unep.org/bpsp/HTML%20files/TS-EIA.html>

US CEQ (1993) Incorporating biodiversity considerations into environmental impact analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act, US CEQ.
<http://www.eh.doe.gov/nepa/tools/guidance/Guidance-PDFs/iii-9.pdf>

The World Bank Environment Department (2000) Biodiversity and Environmental Assessment Toolkit. The World Bank, Washington DC.
<http://tinyurl.com/yv28fb>

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