Uncertain future for EIA
In May 2022, the UK government published the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill, building on the white paper Levelling Up the United Kingdom. Its scope is broad, but the proposals to reform environmental impact assessment (EIA) and strategic environmental assessment (SEA) will be of interest to IEMA members.IEMA has been following these developments since the ‘Planning For the Future’ proposals made in 2020 by the now defunct Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. In 2021, IEMA submitted
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In March, Defra launched the consultation on its Nature Recovery Green Paper, which set out pro-posals to deliver the 30/30 targets (30% of land and sea to be protected by 2030), protect species and deliver nature recovery.
Social impact assessment (SIA) is a key area of impact assessment practice. It has been described by the International Association of Impact Assessment as the process of identifying and managing the social issues of project development, and includes the effective engagement of affected communities in participatory processes of identification, assessment and management of social impacts.