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Title: Coping with uncertainty in environmental impact assessments: Open techniques

Abstract

Uncertainty is virtually unavoidable in environmental impact assessments (EIAs). From the literature related to treating and managing uncertainty, we have identified specific techniques for coping with uncertainty in EIAs. Here, we have focused on basic steps in the decision-making process that take place within an EIA setting. More specifically, we have identified uncertainties involved in each decision-making step and discussed the extent to which these can be treated and managed in the context of an activity or project that may have environmental impacts. To further demonstrate the relevance of the techniques identified, we have examined the extent to which the EIA guidelines currently used in Colombia consider and provide guidance on managing the uncertainty involved in these assessments. Some points that should be considered in order to provide greater robustness in impact assessments in Colombia have been identified. These include the management of stakeholder values, the systematic generation of project options, and their associated impacts as well as the associated management actions, and the evaluation of uncertainties and assumptions. We believe that the relevant and specific techniques reported here can be a reference for future evaluations of other EIA guidelines in different countries. - Highlights: • uncertainty is unavoidable inmore » environmental impact assessments, EIAs; • we have identified some open techniques to EIAs for treating and managing uncertainty in these assessments; • points for improvement that should be considered in order to provide greater robustness in EIAs in Colombia have been identified; • the paper provides substantiated a reference for possible examinations of EIAs guidelines in other countries.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. IceBridge Research Institutea, Universiteit Twente, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede (Netherlands)
  2. Universiteit Twente, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede (Netherlands)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22589253
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Environmental Impact Assessment Review; Journal Volume: 60; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2016 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; COLOMBIA; DECISION MAKING; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS

Citation Formats

Cardenas, Ibsen C., E-mail: c.cardenas@utwente.nl, and Halman, Johannes I.M., E-mail: J.I.M.Halman@utwente.nl. Coping with uncertainty in environmental impact assessments: Open techniques. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1016/J.EIAR.2016.02.006.
Cardenas, Ibsen C., E-mail: c.cardenas@utwente.nl, & Halman, Johannes I.M., E-mail: J.I.M.Halman@utwente.nl. Coping with uncertainty in environmental impact assessments: Open techniques. United States. doi:10.1016/J.EIAR.2016.02.006.
Cardenas, Ibsen C., E-mail: c.cardenas@utwente.nl, and Halman, Johannes I.M., E-mail: J.I.M.Halman@utwente.nl. Thu . "Coping with uncertainty in environmental impact assessments: Open techniques". United States. doi:10.1016/J.EIAR.2016.02.006.
@article{osti_22589253,
title = {Coping with uncertainty in environmental impact assessments: Open techniques},
author = {Cardenas, Ibsen C., E-mail: c.cardenas@utwente.nl and Halman, Johannes I.M., E-mail: J.I.M.Halman@utwente.nl},
abstractNote = {Uncertainty is virtually unavoidable in environmental impact assessments (EIAs). From the literature related to treating and managing uncertainty, we have identified specific techniques for coping with uncertainty in EIAs. Here, we have focused on basic steps in the decision-making process that take place within an EIA setting. More specifically, we have identified uncertainties involved in each decision-making step and discussed the extent to which these can be treated and managed in the context of an activity or project that may have environmental impacts. To further demonstrate the relevance of the techniques identified, we have examined the extent to which the EIA guidelines currently used in Colombia consider and provide guidance on managing the uncertainty involved in these assessments. Some points that should be considered in order to provide greater robustness in impact assessments in Colombia have been identified. These include the management of stakeholder values, the systematic generation of project options, and their associated impacts as well as the associated management actions, and the evaluation of uncertainties and assumptions. We believe that the relevant and specific techniques reported here can be a reference for future evaluations of other EIA guidelines in different countries. - Highlights: • uncertainty is unavoidable in environmental impact assessments, EIAs; • we have identified some open techniques to EIAs for treating and managing uncertainty in these assessments; • points for improvement that should be considered in order to provide greater robustness in EIAs in Colombia have been identified; • the paper provides substantiated a reference for possible examinations of EIAs guidelines in other countries.},
doi = {10.1016/J.EIAR.2016.02.006},
journal = {Environmental Impact Assessment Review},
number = ,
volume = 60,
place = {United States},
year = {Thu Sep 15 00:00:00 EDT 2016},
month = {Thu Sep 15 00:00:00 EDT 2016}
}