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The effect of public pressure during environmental impact assessment on environmental management outcomes

Morrison-Saunders, A. (1998) The effect of public pressure during environmental impact assessment on environmental management outcomes. In: IAIA'98 Sustainability and the Role of Impact Assessment in the Global Economy. 18th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Impact Assessment, 19 - 24 April, Christchurch, New Zealand

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    Abstract

    Environmental impact assessment (EIA) is a widely accepted tool for environmental management which typically involves some degree of public participation. However, little attention has been given to how the involvement of the public affects environmental management outcomes for development projects. A number of mechanisms for how public pressure influences EIA outcomes are identified. Examples of these are presented for six case studies in Western Australia. Environmental management outcomes for the case studies were found to be influenced by public pressure arising from the public review process and direct community or media attention on ongoing project performance. The study findings highlight the value of having transparent EIA procedures with opportunities for direct public input to the assessment process.

    Publication Type: Conference Paper
    Murdoch Affiliation: School of Environmental Science
    Conference Website: http://www.iaia.org/conferences/
    URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/2444
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