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Environmental impact assessment (EIA) is one of the planning, decision-making and management tools for environmental protection, through which climate change could be potentially addressed. This paper presents a survey of international perspectives aiming to understand: What is the best way to address climate change through EIA? The survey results strongly suggested that specific climate change related regulation and guidelines are needed that will apply in each step of the EIA process. However, there is also need to synchronise EIA practice with other instruments such as strategic and sustainability assessments, as well as broader economic instruments and other political commitments to address climate change. Working towards putting in place EIA regulations and guidance specific to climate change appears to be an important first step in tackling this global environmental issue.

Keywords: IAIA survey; climate change; environmental impact assessment (EIA)

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: School of Earth and Environment, University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway Crawley, WA, 6009, Australia, +61 86488 4235 +61 86488 4235 < xmlns:xlink="" xlink:href="">, Email:, URL:, Email:, URL: "> 2: Oceans Institute and School of Earth and Environment, University of Western Australia, +61 86488 2700 +61 86488 2700 < xmlns:xlink="" xlink:href="">, Email:, URL:, Email:, URL: "> 3: School of Environmental Sciences and Development, North West University (Potchefstroom campus), South Africa

Publication date: December 1, 2011


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