This course summarizes the state of professional practice regarding CEA within IA processes; demonstrates fundamental requirements for cumulative effects assessment for a selected project in Ireland; illustrates determination of significance of cumulative effects; discusses adaptive management (and monitoring) as follow-up activities for large-scale proposals (specifically for cumulative effects); and summarizes policy choices and collaboration approaches for the development of cumulative effects mitigation and management initiatives. The basic premise is that CEA should be an integral part of, and not separate from, both in-country and international IA processes. The fundamental requirements are focused on stepwise procedures with international best practice principles. These procedures and related principles identify key valued components (VCs), focusing on those for which CEA is appropriate; delineating spatial and temporal boundaries for each of the VCs; describing historical baseline and future conditions and trends; establishing cause-effect linkages between past, present, and future actions and VCs; determining the significance of cumulative effects; and development of adaptive management and project mitigation and regional management programs, as appropriate to deal with cumulative effects. Practical processes for both preparing and reviewing CEA-related documents will be emphasized, along with presentations on selected international case studies and workshop sessions involving interactive groups. Practical discussions will be incorporated by the professional participants and presented to the entire class.
Prerequisites: Foundation training on IA impact assessment or CEA cumulative effects assessment professional-level short course or University-level specific course or program; and/or minimum of 2 years in professional experience in planning and conducting IA or CEA for environmental impact studies Note: these prerequisites do not apply to student participants.
Duration: 2 days (22-23 April)
Price: US $480
Bill Ross, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Design, University of Calgary Canada
Miles Scott-Brown, Consultant Canada
Michael D. Smith, Director, Environmental Process and Policy, WSP USA