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Title: Determining significance in social impact assessments (SIA) by applying both technical and participatory approaches: Methodology development and application in a case study of the concentrated solar power plant NOOR{sub O} I in Morocco

Abstract

One of the main objectives of impact assessments is to identify potentially significant impacts. However, determining this significance has received very limited attention as a procedural step in social impact assessments. Consequently, only limited research and documentation exists on approaches, survey tools and evaluation methods, especially with regard to participatory approaches and combined participatory-technical approaches. This study aims to address this research gap by developing and applying a joined participatory and technical impact significance evaluation. The approach is applied in a case study which analysed the livelihood impacts of the large-scale concentrated solar power plant NOOR{sub O} I in Ouarzazate, Morocco. The analysis shows that although different approaches and significance criteria must be applied when involving both local stakeholders and experts, the linked analysis offers more robust results and an improved basis for decision-making. Furthermore, it was observed in the case study that impacts affecting the social, cultural and political spheres were more often considered significant than impacts affecting the physical and material livelihood dimensions. Regarding sustainability assessments of large-scale renewable energy plants, these findings underline the importance (as for other large-scale infrastructure developments) of placing greater emphasis on the inclusion of social aspects in impact assessments. - Highlights: •Significancemore » evaluation in social impact assessments lacks participatory aspects. •Combined participatory and technical impact significance evaluation developed •Application in a case study to analyse the livelihood impacts of a CSP plant •Involvement of local stakeholders and technical experts results in robust findings. •Social, cultural and political issues are often more relevant than material aspects.« less

Authors:
 [1]; ;  [1];  [2]
  1. Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie, Döppersberg 19, 42103 Wuppertal (Germany)
  2. MENA Renewables and Sustainability (MENARES), B.P 7505, Casa Bourse, Casablanca 20003 (Morocco)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22701678
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Environmental Impact Assessment Review
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 66; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2017 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Journal ID: ISSN 0195-9255
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; DECISION MAKING; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; EVALUATION; MOROCCO; RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES; SOCIAL IMPACT; SOLAR POWER PLANTS

Citation Formats

Terrapon-Pfaff, Julia, Fink, Thomas, Viebahn, Peter, and Jamea, El Mostafa. Determining significance in social impact assessments (SIA) by applying both technical and participatory approaches: Methodology development and application in a case study of the concentrated solar power plant NOOR{sub O} I in Morocco. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1016/J.EIAR.2017.06.008.
Terrapon-Pfaff, Julia, Fink, Thomas, Viebahn, Peter, & Jamea, El Mostafa. Determining significance in social impact assessments (SIA) by applying both technical and participatory approaches: Methodology development and application in a case study of the concentrated solar power plant NOOR{sub O} I in Morocco. United States. doi:10.1016/J.EIAR.2017.06.008.
Terrapon-Pfaff, Julia, Fink, Thomas, Viebahn, Peter, and Jamea, El Mostafa. Fri . "Determining significance in social impact assessments (SIA) by applying both technical and participatory approaches: Methodology development and application in a case study of the concentrated solar power plant NOOR{sub O} I in Morocco". United States. doi:10.1016/J.EIAR.2017.06.008.
@article{osti_22701678,
title = {Determining significance in social impact assessments (SIA) by applying both technical and participatory approaches: Methodology development and application in a case study of the concentrated solar power plant NOOR{sub O} I in Morocco},
author = {Terrapon-Pfaff, Julia and Fink, Thomas and Viebahn, Peter and Jamea, El Mostafa},
abstractNote = {One of the main objectives of impact assessments is to identify potentially significant impacts. However, determining this significance has received very limited attention as a procedural step in social impact assessments. Consequently, only limited research and documentation exists on approaches, survey tools and evaluation methods, especially with regard to participatory approaches and combined participatory-technical approaches. This study aims to address this research gap by developing and applying a joined participatory and technical impact significance evaluation. The approach is applied in a case study which analysed the livelihood impacts of the large-scale concentrated solar power plant NOOR{sub O} I in Ouarzazate, Morocco. The analysis shows that although different approaches and significance criteria must be applied when involving both local stakeholders and experts, the linked analysis offers more robust results and an improved basis for decision-making. Furthermore, it was observed in the case study that impacts affecting the social, cultural and political spheres were more often considered significant than impacts affecting the physical and material livelihood dimensions. Regarding sustainability assessments of large-scale renewable energy plants, these findings underline the importance (as for other large-scale infrastructure developments) of placing greater emphasis on the inclusion of social aspects in impact assessments. - Highlights: •Significance evaluation in social impact assessments lacks participatory aspects. •Combined participatory and technical impact significance evaluation developed •Application in a case study to analyse the livelihood impacts of a CSP plant •Involvement of local stakeholders and technical experts results in robust findings. •Social, cultural and political issues are often more relevant than material aspects.},
doi = {10.1016/J.EIAR.2017.06.008},
journal = {Environmental Impact Assessment Review},
issn = {0195-9255},
number = ,
volume = 66,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {9}
}