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Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA)
Why do you need an Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA)?
It is a statutory requirement to undertake an EcIA for certain specified developments, for example motorways, power stations and industrial development. Other, smaller projects, such as farming, mineral extraction and infrastructure developments may also require EcIA depending on their size, location and potential to cause significant environmental impacts.
An EcIA provides benefits the client, as information gathered can inform the early phases of decision making and design and can facilitate project development from conception to construction. This in turn can lead to significant cost savings and avoid substantial delays.
Our approach to Ecological Impact Assessments
At SES, we have a strong track-record in EcIA, and offer in-depth experience of ecological input to the whole process, from initial scoping to Environmental Statement. Our Ecological Impact Assessment process is as follows:
The key steps in our approach to EcIA are:
- Close liaison with the client to ascertain needs and ensure a thorough understanding of the project.
- Scoping – This would involve initial ecological surveys and consultation with statutory consultees on the scope of the EcIA.
- Determining ecological value – The value ecological resources within the zone of influence will be determined.
- Impact assessment – The impact of development upon ecological resources will be considered.
- Mitigation, compensation and enhancement – This will be assessed according to the considered impact of development.
- Consequences for decision making – Including an overview of the project and the Environmental Statement.