An Ecological Impact Assessment is the basic assessment that determines the impact that a project is likely to have on the ecology of a specific site.
Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) should follow CIEEM 2006 and 2010 guidelines. EcIA can be carried out as a standalone report or one which can be used to support an EcIA. EcIA involve several stages including scoping, identification of the zone of influence arising from the project, identification and evaluation of ecological features and potential effects resulting from the project that would result in changes to any identified ecological features. The process should be iterative, and result in designing out potential impacts or through the use of mitigation measures to avoid or reduce negative impacts.
Surveys are likely to provide the base line assessment of the site and may be include the PEA and protected species surveys.
The key stages to an Ecological Impact Assessment are:
- Initial ecological appraisal, scoping survey, Phase 1 habitat survey or description of baseline conditions
- Detailed ecological surveys (NVC) and habitat evaluation
- Protected species surveys (bats, badgers, great crested newts, reptiles, dormice)
- Evaluation of the ecological value of the site
- Impact assessment including positive and negative impacts, magnitude, extent, duration, reversibility, timing and frequency
- Assessment of whether impacts are ecologically significant
- Mitigation design and/or compensation and/or habitat enhancement proposals
- Environmental statement (reporting)
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