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Case Studies on Biodiversity and Impact Assessment

In decision VI/7-A, the Conference of the Parties (COP) endorsed draft guidelines for incorporating biodiversity-related issues into environmental impact assessment legislation and/or processes and in strategic environmental assessment and requested the Executive Secretary to compile and disseminate current experiences in this field. In decision VII/7, the COP urged Parties and other Governments to contribute relevant case-studies as well as experiences in applying the guidelines contained in decision VI/7-A.

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1.A conservation plan for a global biodiversity hotspot—the Cape Floristic Region, South Africa
The authors produced a conservation plan that achieved conservation targets for biodiversity pattern and process in the species- and endemic-rich Cape Floristic Region of South Africa. The result was a system of conservation areas. After describing the planning process, the authors discuss implementation ...
2.A generic approach to integrate biodiversity considerations in screening and scoping for EIA
The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) requires parties to apply environmental impact assessment (EIA) to projects that potentially negatively impact on biodiversity. As members of the International Association of Impact Assessment, the authors have developed a conceptual framework to integrate ...
3.A guide to strategic environmental assessment for water use in catchments
This guide describes the application of Strategic Environmental Assessment 
(SEA) to Water Use in Individual Catchments. It describes the purpose of SEA, and explains how to carry out and use an SEA. The Guide is based on the experience gained in undertaking a Pilot SEA for the Mhlathuze Catchment in ...
4.A privately protected wetland in Chile
In the Coquimbo region of central Chile,the Los Pelambres copper mining company manages the Conchalí Lagoon as a Nature Sanctuary near its port installation.The site hosts a rich biological diversity of flora and fauna and is a key staging area on the migratory route of neotropical birds and those migrating ...
5.Administration of the EIA Regulations in the Western Cape with regard to agricultural land
In the Western Cape, authorisation for the change in use of agricultural land is divided between three statutory agencies with different – and in part conflicting – objectives. 
Cultivation of virgin land is subject to authorisation by the national Department of 
Agriculture’s Directorate of Agricultural ...
6.Afghanistan: Case study on the integration of biodiversity into national environmental assessment procedures
In Afghanistan there is a growing recognition of the need for protection of biodiversity 
and the associated benefits from conservation and sustainable utilization of these 
resources. Unfortunately, many human factors cause loss of biodiversity and many 
people even among the authorities are unaware ...
7.Akwé: Kon voluntary guidelines for the conduct of cultural, environmental and social impact assessments regarding developments proposed to take place on, or which are likely to impact on, sacred sites and on lands and waters traditionally occupied or used by indigenous and local communities
The present Guidelines are voluntary and intended to serve as guidance for Parties and Governments, subject to their national legislation, in the development and implementation of their impact assessment regimes. The guidelines should be taken into consideration whenever developments are proposed to ...
8.An environmental impact assessment of China's WTO accession : an analysis of six sectors
This report represents the most comprehensive assessment undertaken by any country of the environmental consequences of a single trade agreement, China's accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The focus is on six sectors; agriculture, forestry, marine aquaculture, automobiles, energy and t...
9.Anticipating Social and Economic Effects of Louisiana Coastal Restoration Projects
This case study illustrates how the principles of Social Impact Assessment (SIA) are being applied to identify and analyze the social and economic effects of coastal Louisiana restoration activities. An SIA funded by the Louisiana Governor’s Office is assessing five completed coastal freshwater re-introduction ...
10.Applying Strategic Environmental Assessment: Good Practice Guidance for Development Co-operation
The “Good Practice Guidance on Applying SEA in Development Co-operation” provides recommendations and a framework for the application of SEA to development co-operation based on emerging good practice. It is the product of two years work by an SEA Task Team of the OECD DAC ENVIRONET. The Task Team comprised ...
11.Are partnerships the key to conserving Africa’s biodiversity? Four partnership case studies between mining companies and conservation NGOs.
This document illustrates, based on the lessons learned from four case studies in Africa, how collaboration and innovative thinking through partnerships between mining companies and conservation NGOs can contribute to significant conservation outcomes without obstructing mineral extraction processes. ...
12.Are the potential impacts on biodiversity adequately assessed in Southern African environmental impact assessments?
The aim of the paper is to evaluates how adequately biodiversity has been assessed in reports on Environmental Impact Assessments. The analysis is based the reports available from a number of EIAs, including scoping reports, specialist studies and Environmental Impact Reports. References to biodiversity, ...
13.Assessing biodiversity impacts of trade: a review of challenges in the agriculture sector
Agricultural expansion is a major driver for loss of biodiversity; changes in land use or intensity associated with trade liberalisation can therefore have major consequences. Assessments of the impacts of agricultural trade have tended to neglect biodiversity, despite its crucial role in maintaining ...
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14.Benefits-Sharing Draft Environmental Impact Statement
The US National Park Service (NPS) has evaluated the environmental impacts of three alternatives concerning potential implementation of benefits-sharing agreements with scientists who conduct research in National Park System units. The Benefits-Sharing Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) concerns ...
15.Biodiversity and environmental assessment Toolkit
Biodiversity was placed firmly on the international agenda when the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was opened for signature at the 1992 UNEP Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, where over 150 countries signed it. The CBD came into force in December 1993. 
Local communities, and many sectors of ...
16.Biodiversity and impact assessment
Work is currently being undertaken to examine what role impact assessment can play in delivering international obligations on biodiversity conservation. The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) requires biodiversity to be considered in impact assessments, but also provides an opportunity for a more ...
17.Biodiversity assessment framework: making biodiversity part of corporate social responsibility
A multitude of tools and techniques exists to predict, measure or report on human impacts on the environment. Biodiversity is receiving increased attention but in many cases it is not clear what interpretation of ‘biodiversity’ these instruments are based on. The Convention on Biological Diversity provides ...
18.Biodiversity assessment in the Oil Sands region, northeastern Alberta, Canada
The Oil Sands region of northeastern Alberta contains the world’s largest reserves of oil, in the form of tar-sand. In the Oil Sands region, a large number of environmental impact assessments (EIAs) have been completed for approximately 20 oil sands projects in the past two decades. The EIA process ...
19.Biodiversity assessment of AngloGold Ashanti’s South African West Wits and Vaal River operations
Phase 2 of AngloGold Ashanti’s biodiversity assessment of its South African West Wits and Vaal River operations was completed in 2007. Comprising verification of the data collated in the desktop study conducted in 2005, the second phase has been important in terms of identifying and determining the ...
20.Biodiversity impact analysis in northwest Yunnan, southwest China
This paper reports the main findings of a study on the factors threatening biodiversity in northwest Yunnan, a global biodiversity hotspot in China and home to over five million people. The research was based on eight site-level case studies. The main driving forces of biodiversity loss are livelihood ...
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