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The Amended European Environmental Impact Assessment Directive: UK marine experience and recommendations

Lonsdale, Jemma; Weston, Keith; Blake, Sylvia; Edwards, Ruth; Elliott, Michael


Jemma Lonsdale

Keith Weston

Sylvia Blake

Ruth Edwards

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Professor Mike Elliott
Emeritus Professor of Estuarine and Coastal Sciences/ Research Professor, Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies


© 2017 Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) are a key legislative requirement used to ensure sustainable development. A notable example of the enabling legislation is the European Union Environmental Impact Assessment Directive (2011/92/EU). In the 25 years since its implementation it has been revised, most recently in 2014, with amendments to accommodate policy, legal and technical changes. The 2014 amendment to the EIA Directive is reviewed here in the marine context with areas identified where the Directive and its implementation may still be deficient. This arises from the experience of the authors of reviewing EIAs, and our recommendations are mainly that standardised guidance and approaches should be applied for c omparability. These recommendations have general relevance to all EIA practitioners, not just marine, and to environmental assessments within and beyond the EU.


Lonsdale, J., Weston, K., Blake, S., Edwards, R., & Elliott, M. (2017). The Amended European Environmental Impact Assessment Directive: UK marine experience and recommendations. Ocean and Coastal Management, 148, 131-142.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 31, 2017
Online Publication Date Aug 4, 2017
Publication Date Nov 1, 2017
Deposit Date Jun 1, 2022
Journal Ocean and Coastal Management
Print ISSN 0964-5691
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 148
Pages 131-142
Keywords Environmental Impact Assessment; Environmental Statement; EIA Directive
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