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Function evaluation as a framework for the integration of social and environmental impact assessment

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Slootweg, R and Vanclay, F and Schooten, M (2001) Function evaluation as a framework for the integration of social and environmental impact assessment. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 19 (1). pp. 19-28. ISSN 1461-5517

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Abstract

Social impact assessment and environmental
impact assessment have developed as separate
entities, but a full appreciation of all impacts
requires a thorough understanding of all the
biophysical and social changes invoked by a
planned intervention. Biophysical impacts also
have social impacts, and social changes can cause
changes in the biophysical environment, which
create biophysical impacts. To date, there has not
been an adequate framework for integrating biophysical
and social impact assessment. This paper
presents a method for such integration using
function evaluation as a conceptual framework.
This has led to a better understanding of the full
extent of human impacts, and the impact
pathways that lead from interventions to the
experience of impacts.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: function evaluation; social impact assessment; environmental impact assessment
Journal or Publication Title: Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal
Page Range: pp. 19-28
ISSN: 1461-5517
Identification Number - DOI: 10.3152/147154601781767186
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2007 02:46
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:25
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