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Handbook of Cumulative Impact Assessment
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Handbook of Cumulative Impact Assessment

9781783474011 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Jill A.E. Blakley, Associate Professor of Environmental Impact Assessment, Department of Geography and Planning and School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan, Canada and Daniel M. Franks, Professor of Governance and Leadership in Mining, Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland, Australia
Publication Date: 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78347 401 1 Extent: 416 pp
This important Handbook is an essential guide to the state-of-the-art concepts, debates and innovative practices in the field of cumulative impact assessment. It helps to strengthen the foundations of this challenging field, identify key issues demanding solutions and summarize recent trends in forward progress, particularly through the use of illustrative case examples.

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This important Handbook is an essential guide to the state-of-the-art concepts, debates and innovative practices in the field of cumulative impact assessment. It helps to strengthen the foundations of this challenging field, identify key issues demanding solutions and summarize recent trends in forward progress, particularly through the use of illustrative case examples.

Taking an international and transdisciplinary approach, this Handbook provides readers with frameworks and methodologies currently in use by leading academics, consultants and many others involved in cumulative impact assessment and management. This wide-ranging body of work demonstrates increased application of relevant, cross-disciplinary science to cumulative impact assessment problems, as well as a continued commitment to bridge the theory and practice gap for more effective and efficient assessments. Chapters also address contemporary and often controversial issues across a variety of sectors including agriculture, energy, watershed management, regional land use planning, and transport.

This cutting-edge Handbook will be of great interest to academics and students who wish to further develop their understanding of key concepts within the field. It will also be beneficial to practitioners, industry, government officials and the many organizations involved in cumulative impact assessment processes.

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‘The consideration of cumulative effects is a critically important and complex aspect of impact assessment. Blakley and Franks have gathered an impressive list of leading experts to offer a broad range of insightful perspectives. Importantly, the book covers both biophysical and social impacts, and deals with cumulative effects at the project, strategic and regional level. It should be on the essential readings list of practitioners, academics and students alike.’
– Meinhard Doelle, Dalhousie University, Canada and World Maritime University, Sweden
Contributors
Contributors: D.O. Appiah, I. Aucamp, J. Baines, U. Baresi, T.R. Berger, S. Bice, J. Blakley, A.C. Burton, P.M.P.S. Cavalcanti, C.-L.B. Chetkiewicz, P. Croal, P.N. Duinker, B. Durning, D. Franks, J.C.T. González, B. Grace, L.A. Greig, E. Hamman, G. Hegmann, P. Howe, J.A.G. Jaeger, C.J. Johnson, D. Johnson, R.D. Margerum, J. McLean, C. Moran, R. Morgan, R. Nelson, B. Noble, A. Olagunju, J. Olson, R. Pelletier, J. Pope, C. Powter, J.C. Ray, W. Rifkin, K. Staples, L. Staples, C. Sunderland, R. Therivel, A. Torres, J. Treweek, K. Vella, S. Vink, B.J. Wilson, S. Woodborne
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Contents:

Foreword xv
Thomas R. Berger
Foreword xx
Sara Bice
Foreword xxiii
Peter Croal
Foreword xxvi
Renée Pelletier

PART I FOUNDATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT
1 Introduction: Foundations, issues and contemporary challenges in
cumulative impact assessment 2
Jill Blakley
2 Cumulative effects assessment requirements in selected developed and
developing countries 21
Ayodele Olagunju, Divine Odame Appiah, Paulina Maria Porto Silva Cavalcanti,
Bridget Durning, Juan Carlos Tejeda-González, Jason McLean, Richard Morgan,
and Rebecca Nelson
3 Anatomy of a cumulative effects issue: farmland drainage, watershed
landscape change and wetland loss in east-central Saskatchewan, Canada 43
Jeff Olson
4 The challenge of cumulative effects assessment at the project level 62
George Hegmann

PART II APPROACHES AND TOOLS
5 Conceptualizing cumulative social impacts in complex development environments 75
Ilse Aucamp and Stephan Woodborne
6 Scenario planning in cumulative effects assessment 92
Peter N. Duinker and Lorne A. Greig
7 Measures to effectively forecast potential cumulative effects 106
Chris Sunderland
8 Cumulative impacts and strategic environmental assessment: policy
development for Australia’s Great Barrier Reef 123
Evan Hamman, Karen Vella, and Umberto Baresi
9 The challenge and opportunity of applying ecological thresholds to
environmental assessment decision making 140
Chris J. Johnson and Justina C. Ray
10 Assessing cumulative effects in regional and strategic assessment 158
Bram Noble and Jill Blakley
11 A systems approach to cumulative social impact assessment 174
Bill Grace and Jenny Pope

PART III CUMULATIVE IMPACT ASSESSMENT IN PRACTICE
12 Mitigating cumulative biodiversity impacts 191
Riki Thérivel, Jill Blakley, and Jo Treweek
13 ‘Green’ is good, but is more ‘green’ always better? Wind farm development
and cumulative social impact assessment 213
James Baines
14 Cumulative impact assessment for groundwater 230
Sue Vink, Paul Howe, and Chris Moran
15 Fourteen lessons from road ecology for cumulative effect assessments 250
Jochen A. G. Jaeger and Aurora Torres
16 Cumulative effects assessment and management in Alberta 274
Chris Powter and Dallas Johnson
17 Holistic cumulative effects assessments for watershed risk assessment 294
Barry J. Wilson

PART IV CUMULATIVE IMPACT MANAGEMENT
18 The limitations of utilizing collaborative governance for cumulative effects
assessment and management 311
Richard D. Margerum
19 Using indicators to measure outcomes: adaptive assessment 325
Will Rifkin
20 Cumulative effects and governance in the Yukon: honouring the treaty relationship 346
Kiri Staples and Lindsay Staples
21 Monitoring that matters: towards effective ecological monitoring to address
cumulative impacts on biodiversity 361
A. Cole Burton and Cheryl-Lesley B. Chetkiewicz

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