Members of IEMA’s Impact Assessment Network Steering Group have published the 17th edition of the Impact Assessment Outlook Journal, which provides a series of thought pieces on the policy and practice of habitats regulations assessment (HRA).
Across the UK and Europe, competent authorities (public bodies, regulators, government departments or agencies) must carry out an assessment, known as an HRA, under the habitats regulations to test if a plan or project proposal could significantly harm the features of a site designated for the protection of habitats or species of European or international importance.
In this latest publication from IEMA, the guest editor, Ursula Stevenson, has selected seven articles by impact assessment (IA) professionals and invited experts. This publication benefits from contributions from the Office for Environmental Protection, multiple expert practitioners from IEMA EIA Quality Mark consultancies and a leading IA academic, as well as a comparative international perspective from Malta.
The result is a valuable read on different aspects of UK and international practice, exploring HRA, its strengths, issues and potential future.
The journal is available at www.bit.ly/IEMAJournal