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Transparency in environment impact assessment decision-making: Recent developments in Western Australia

Morrison-Saunders, A. and Bailey, J. (2000) Transparency in environment impact assessment decision-making: Recent developments in Western Australia. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 18 (4). pp. 260-270.

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Abstract

Transparency in decision-making, involving the establishment of explicit goals and objectives combined with open, facilitative procedures, has recently been advocated as an important principle for effective environmental impact assessment (EIA). This paper examines recent changes to EIA practice in Western Australia that emphasise clear procedures for decision-making. Current practices focus on objectives established for relevant environmental factors identified during the screening and scoping stages of EIA. These objectives are then used as decision criteria for project decision-making following public review. An example from a recent assessment is provided. Some strengths and weaknesses of this approach to transparent EIA decision-making are also examined.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Environmental Science
Publisher: Beech Tree Publishing
Copyright: © IAIA 2000.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/1613
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