Theory and Practice of Transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment

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Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a well-established instrument of Environmental Law and policy that aims to ensure that potential adverse environmental effects of human activities are assessed before decisions on such activities are made. The instrument is increasingly being applied in respect of activities that may cause environmental effects across the borders of a state. In this book, thirteen systems of Transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment (TEIA) are assessed that exist or are in development in different parts of the world. Although TEIA is generally associated with EIA between territorial states, this book takes a broader approach and is divided into three sub-parts: Transboundary EIA between states, EIA for activities in international and shared areas, and EIA required by international financial institutions. Knowledgeable experts (scholars and practitioners) provide an overview of the history, content, and practice of the individual systems and, based on these discussions, the state of the art concerning TEIA and possible future developments are discussed.

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Biographical Note

Kees Bastmeijer is Associate Professor of Environmental Law, Tilburg University, The Netherlands.
Timo Koivurova is a research professor and director in the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (Arctic Centre/University of Lapland).

Review Quotes

The publisher, editors and contributors have taken on an ambitious project with this volume, and have accomplished the task well. Dr. Paul Stookes, Journal of Environmental Law (Cambridge University Press).

'... this book is a valuable source on the legalities and implementation of TEIA.' Richard S.J. Tol, Review of European Community and International Environmental Law.

'... excellent [book presents] a wealth of information for lawyers and practitioners alike, a welcome contribution to the hitherto limited literature on the position of EIA in international law. The timing is excellent.' Dr Simon Marsden, Journal of Impact Assessment and Project Apprasial

Table of contents

Chapter 1
Transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment: An Introduction
Kees Bastmeijer and Timo Koivurova

PART I: TRANSBOUNDARY EIA BETWEEN STATES

Chapter 2
The Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context
Wiecher Schrage

Chapter 3
Environmental Impact Assessment and the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea
Rie Tsutsumi & Kristy Robinson


Chapter 4
Transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment:
The Nordic Environmental Protection Convention
Timo Koivurova

Chapter 5
Transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment in North America:
Obstacles and Opportunities
Neil Craik

Chapter 6
Assessment of Transboundary Environmental Impacts in Developing Countries:
The Case of Central America
Marianela Cedeño

PART II: EIA IN INTERNATIONAL AND SHARED AREAS

Chapter 7
Environmental Impact Assessment in the Bay of Bengal Sub Region in South Asia
Daud Hassan

Chapter 8
Implementing Guidelines for Environmental Impact Assessment in the Arctic
Timo Koivurova

Chapter 9
Environmental Impact Assessment in Antarctica
Kees Bastmeijer and Ricardo Roura

Chapter 10
Environmental Impact Assessment and the International Seabed Authority
Gwénaëlle Le Gurun

Chapter 11
Environmental Impact Assessment in the Space Sector
Lotta Viikari

PART III: TRANSBOUNDARY EIA AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

Chapter 12
The World Bank and Environmental Impact Assessment
Jean-Roger Mercier

Chapter 13
Implementing the Espoo Convention:
An International Financial Institution Perspective
Elizabeth Smith

Chapter 14
The Equator Principles: A Voluntary Approach by Bankers
Leonie Schreve

PART IV: CONCLUSIONS

Chapter 15
Conclusions: Globalisation of Transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment
Kees Bastmeijer and Timo Koivurova

Index

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