Climate Assessment incorporation into EIA/SEA processes for local authorities: Countries reviews

http://www.cpc.noaa.gov/products/assessments/assess_95/cover.gifCountries reviews

  • Australia
    • Northern Territory Government Environmental Impact Assessment Guide: Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Change. This Guide aims to assist proponents in providing the information needed by the Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts and Sport (NRETAS) to assess the impact of greenhouse gas emissions from proposed projects and assess other potential impacts from proposed projects under projected future climatic. The Guide can also be access on-line at the following link. It was prepared by the Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts and Sport of the Northern Territory Government on July 2, 2009.
  • Canada
    • Incorporating Climate Change Considerations in Environmental Assessment: General Guidance for Practitioners. This document provides environmental assessment practitioners with general guidance for incorporating climate change considerations in environmental assessment at the project level. It includes methods that can be used to obtain and evaluate project’s GHC emissions and impacts of climate change on a project; key information to address climate change considerations in EA; and methodology to promote consistent approach when considering climate change in the EA process. The Guidance can also be accessed on-line at this link. It was prepared by the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Climate Change and Environmental Assessment, and issued in November 2003.
    • The Canada Environmental Agency web-page features a number of complete research reports that have contributed towards the advancement of knowledge to integrate climate change considerations into the Environmental Assessment. The web-site can be accessed at this link.
    • Incorporating Climate Change into the Environmental Impact Assessment Process – Practitioner’s Guide. This Guide was developed by a group of members of ClimAdapt, a Nova Scotia Climate Change Initiative launched in 2001, to assist practitioners to incorporate climate change considerations into the environmental impact assessment process. The document does not address issues related to GHG control. The Guide can also be accessed on-line at this link. It was prepared by Alan Bell, Norval Collins and Robert Young and issued in June 2003.
    • Evaluation of the ClimAdapt Guide to Incorporate Climate Change into the Environmental Impact Assessment Process. This report summaries the results of a study to evaluate the utility of the ClimaAdapt Guide (see above reference) by applying it to six case studies in Canada covering a wide range of project types and climate areas. The report can also be accessed on-line at this link. It was prepared by Alan Bell, Norval Collins, Cameron Ells, George de Romily, Alison Rossiter and Robert Young for The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency; and issued in March 2003.
    • A Guide for Incorporating Adaptation to Climate Change into Land Use Planning. This Guide aims to help land use planners to incorporate adaptation to climate change within municipal land use planning strategies. The Guide can also be accessed on-line at this link. It was prepared by CEF Consultant s Ltd and CBCL Limited, and issued in November 2005.
  • New Zealand
  • The Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
    • Strategic Environmental Assessment and climate change: Guidance for practitioners. This Guidance suggests how climate change issues can be considered in SEA in England and Wales. It presents information on the causes and impacts of climate change and how they can be described and evaluated in SEA. It also describes how adaptation and mitigation measures can be developed through SEA. The Guidance and other interesting documents related to SEA and climate change can also be accessed on line at this link. This Guidance was prepared by the Environment Agency, Countryside Council for Wales, English Nature, UKCIP, Levett-Therivel Sustainability Consultants, CAG Consultants and the Environmental Change Institute, and issued in 2007.
  • United States of America
    • Draft NEPA Guidance on consideration of the effects of climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. This draft guidance memorandum, dated February 18, 2010, has been issued by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to obtain comments from the public on ways in which the Federal agencies can improve their consideration of the effects of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change in their evaluation of proposals for Federal actions under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Guidance can also be access on-line at this link.
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