CEAM Principles and a Practical Example

29th October 2015


In the first of this mini-series, the hugely respected Dr Larry Canter will set out key principles in successful cumulative effects assessment from over 30 years of experience, while Peter Collins (Atkins) will demonstrate a practical case study of managing the complexities of cumulative effects between projects.

Presentation 1: Cumulative Effects Assessment and Management (CEAM)

Dr Larry Canter will discuss practical environmental and socioeconomic information which can be used in planning and implementing CEAM studies; compiled from practice in the USA, Canada, Australia, Europe, and beyond. He will discuss step-wise CEAM processes, both connector and resource-related methods and tools for predicting, mitigating, and managing cumulative effects on key Valued Ecosystem Components (VECs),

Presentation 2; We’re Surrounded! Assessing a power station in the middle of a proposed business park

Pete Collins - Meaford Energy Centre is proposed to be built in the middle of a site that also has outline planning permission for a business park. The project’s EIA process had a key focus on cumulative effects, to understand both the likely consequences of the two schemes potentially being built at the same time and to develop a method for identifying in-combination effects.

Dr. Canter is a Texas based IA professional who has published 13 books on Impact Assessment topics over the past 30 years, including his latest on CEAMHe is also author of more than 150 research reports and 100 peer-reviewed articles.

Peter Collins is a senior environmental consultant at Atkins with recent EIA experience focussed on the rail and energy infrastructure sectors. He has a background in environmental consultancy and management information. His focus is to make information clear, understandable, robust, and useful through effective data analysis and research.

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