This course covers the history, purpose and methods of environmental impact assessment (EIA). The purpose and an overview of approaches to EIA are presented and the Environmental Assessment Act of BC will be used as an example of environmental assessment (EA) policy and procedure.. Environmental assessment procedures according to Canadian Standards Association (CSA) will also be discussed. Examples of EA in other jurisdictions (e.g., USA, South America, et al.) will be reviewed. Methods and techniques for assessing environmental impacts and actions, such as avoidance, mitigation, reclamation or restoration, are surveyed and critically examined through class discussions, guest speakers and case studies.
- Acceptance into the Ecological Restoration degree program or by departmental approval.
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At the end of this course the student will be able to:
- Describe the general process of environmental assessment.
- Discuss, with respect to environmental assessment, concepts and methods for valuing natural resources, and ecological goods and services.
- Discuss the role of the public and of advocacy groups in environmental assessment.
- Interpret and apply the BC Environmental Assessment policy.
- Critically assess selected EA case studies from B.C. or other jurisdictions.
- Critically assess various strategies to deal with environmental impacts.
- Describe the purpose and mandate of the Canadian Standards Association with respect to EA.
Effective as of Fall 2009
Environmental Assessment (RENR 7002) is offered as a part of the following programs:
School of Construction and the Environment
- Ecological Restoration
Bachelor of Science Full-time/Part-time
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