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Analysis of uncertainty consideration in environmental assessment: An empirical study of Canadian EA practice.

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Analysis of uncertainty consideration in environmental assessment: An empirical study of Canadian EA practice.

Lees, Juliette, Jaeger, Jochen A.G., Gunn, Jill A.E. and Noble, Bram F. (2016) Analysis of uncertainty consideration in environmental assessment: An empirical study of Canadian EA practice. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management . ISSN 0964-0568

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Abstract

Identifying and communicating uncertainty is core to effective environmental assessment (EA). This study evaluates the extent to which uncertainties are considered and addressed in Canadian EA practice. We reviewed the environmental protection plans, follow-up programs, and panel reports (where applicable) of 12 EAs between 1995 and 2012. The types of uncertainties and levels of disclosure varied greatly. When uncertainties were acknowledged, practitioners adopted five different approaches to address them. However, uncertainties were never discussed or addressed in depth. We found a lack of suitable terminology and consistency in how uncertainties are disclosed, reflecting the need for explicit guidance, and we present recommendations for improvement. Canadian Environmental Impact Statements are not as transparent with respect to uncertainties as they should be, and uncertainties in EA need to be better considered and communicated.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Geography, Planning and Environment
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Lees, Juliette and Jaeger, Jochen A.G. and Gunn, Jill A.E. and Noble, Bram F.
Journal or Publication:Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
Date:2016
Projects:
  • Speak no evil, hear no evil? Uncertainty analysis and communication in Canadian environmental impact assessment practice and decision making
Funders:
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada: Insight Grant Program
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1080/09640568.2015.1116980
Keywords:uncertainty; communication; disclosure; environmental assessment (EA); prediction; environmental protection plans (EPPs); follow-up; transparency
ID Code:980929
Deposited By: JOCHEN JAEGER
Deposited On:06 Apr 2016 18:12
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:52
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