Environmental Assessment for Water-related Policies and Developments

The course aims to provide participants with the knowledge and skills required to assess both project and policy level impacts of water-related developments

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2020

For whom?

This course is designed for students and professionals - from the academic, public or private sectors- who want to develop a good understanding of the process of impact assessment and its applications to assess the impacts and benefits of project and strategic interventions (e.g. policies, plans, programs or laws).

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 08 June 2020
End: 26 June 2020
ECTS credit points: 5
Deadline IHE application: 07 May 2020 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 2910

VAT is not included in the course fee

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. Explain the role of impact assessment (Environmental Impact Assessment [EIA] and Strategic Environmental Assessment [SEA]) in achieving sustainable development, and be able to reflect on their scope and limitations as tools to support decision-making.
  2. Describe selected methods and tools used in EIA & SEA and apply them to conduct a desk-top assessment for a water-related development project.
  3. Describe the importance of public participation in EIA & SEA and how the roles of stakeholders, experts, regulators and proponents- vary between the two processes.
  4. Analyse the barriers and drivers that influence the effective integration of EIA & SEA into the planning/project approval process in different contexts, including developing and transition countries.
  5. Explain the similarities and differences between the EIA & SEA principles and processes, and their application in the water sector, including river basin and natural resource planning and management.

Course Content

  • Introduction to environmental assessment for water policies and developments
  • Principles of EIA and SEA, and legal and policy framework
  • EIA and SEA tools and methods
  • Case study (group and individual work): design an appropriate EA approach for a specific case
  • Effective integration of EA into the planning/project in developing and transition countries.

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