EU guidance on integrating climate change and biodiversity into environmental impact assessment environment released

The need for action on climate change and biodiversity loss is recognised across Europe and around the world. To make progress towards combating and adapting to climate change, and halting the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystems, it is vital to fully integrate these issues in the plans, programmes and projects implemented across the EU. Since climate change and biodiversity loss — like so many other environmental issues we face — are closely related, they are covered in the same guide.

Bonn, 4 April 2013 - The Guidance on Integrating Climate Change and Biodiversity into Environmental Impact Assessment aims to help Member States improve the way in which climate change and biodiversity are integrated in Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) carried out across the EU. This summary gives a brief overview of the guidelines and recommendations presented in the document.

Section 1 contains an introduction explaining the purpose, identifying the target audience and presenting an overview of the contents, to help readers decide when and how to use the guidance. Sections 2 and 3 explain why climate change and biodiversity are so important in EIA and present the relevant EU-level policy background. Section 4 provides advice on how to integrate climate change and biodiversity into selected stages of the EIA process. The annexes provide sources of further reading and links to other relevant information, data, and tools.

The guide shows in a practical way how to integrate the two issues in the different stages of the EIA process. In addition it provides links to the relevant international and EU legislation in the domain of biodiversity and climate change as well as to tools and platforms that can support an organisation to include biodiversity and climate change into EIAs.

You can find the publication here.

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