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Environmental Impact Assessment
Useful internet websites

GETS Project

The GETS project is an European research project on the application of Geomorphology and Environmental impact assessment to Transportation Systems. The project started in 1998 and ended November 2001. The project was funded by the Training and Mobility of Researchers Program. Four case studies in different European settings resulted in spatial databases on which advanced simulations and prediction models are applied, concerning among others floods, landslides and avalanches. Both the databases and the methods have to be communicated and made widely available to European researchers and local administrations involved in environmental management. The GETS website contains an extensive presentation of research results and access to metadata and resources, including a web mapping section.

The Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM)

The Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM) at the University of Manchester has been Commissioned by the European Commission to continue work on the impact trade negotiation may have on sustainable development. Phase I and II of this research has been completed. These phases resulted in the development of a methodology for carrying out a sustainable impact assessment. This methodology was then used to make a broad qualitative assessment of the sustainability impact of the New Round of trade negotiations. The current study is refining this methodology and engaging in broad consultations and knowledge network formation.

Analytical Strategic Environmental Assessment (ANSEA)

The Analytical Strategic Environmental Assessment (ANSEA) is an effort to define a logically founded methodology for Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of policies, plans and programmes (PPP). In charge of the project is a consortium of eight institutions covering seven European countries. The ANSEA project is a research project financed under the 5th Framework Research Programme of the European Union. The ANSEA project aims to provide an enhanced theoretical and methodological background for Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and to provide a framework for assisting in the implementation of European and national directives and procedural requirements in this area.

The overall objective of the ANSEA project is to develop an approach and framework for SEA that ensures a sound integration of the environment into decision-making processes at the strategic level, i.e. in the formulation of policies, plans and programmes. To achieve this, the project has three main objectives. The first objective is to develop a sound theoretical basis for SEA as a discussion platform for the ANSEA framework. A book will be produced on the theoretical concepts and framework for an Analytical Strategic Environmental Assessment methodology. Dissemination activities are to be carried out to reach the both the scientific audience and the main users in public administrations. In addition to publishing the reports mentioned, a public symposium on the results will be organized, and a web page on ANSEA is set up.

The site offers a number of case studies highlighting the work of ANSEA. The first study deals with regional waste managing, with the aim of adapting the regional regulation to the European and national ones. The plan is meant to: reduce waste and hazardous waste production, reduce the use of damps as final waste disposal, improve waste material recycling, minimise environmental impacts. Within the plan a methodology has been developed to assess plan alternatives through a set of environmental and socio-economic indicators. The site also offers a wide variety of links, numerous publications, a complete glossary of all the important terms, project phases, meeting schedules and important hypotheses in the field of SEA.

Environmental Assessment in Countries in Transition

Within the transitional countries of Central and Eastern Europt (CITs), Mongolia, and the Newly Independent States (NIS), environmental assessment (EIA and SEA) are in a state of rapid change in both legislation and practice. The Environmental Assessment in Countries in Transition Web Site keeps track of this highly fluid environment and is an excellent information resource for anyone interested in these countries. The site offers a Network for Environmental Assessment in CITs open to all who are interested in developing EIA systems in CITs, want to share their knowledge, and want to learn from the experiences of others. A large list of contacts from all involved countries and groups is provided, along with an enormous bank of national legislation, including links to international laws and conventions and EA in development banks and international aid agencies. A wide variety of relevant publications is available online and a discussion group for the free exchange of ideas and experiences is maintained, as well as numerous links to related sites around the globe.

Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour, Environmental Assessment Branch

Email : webster [at] gov [dot] ns[dot] ca

This site provides comprehensive information about EA processes and legislation in Nova Scotia as well as information on EAs in general. Current project proposals can be reviewed, and completed project reviews are available from this site as well as links to EA publications and other sources of EA information.

University of Manchester, EIA Centre homepage

Email : eia [dot] centre [at] man [dot] ac [dot] uk

The EIA Centre's homepage contains EIA newsletters, an EIA leaflet series, various papers, EIA Centre publications, a list of Centre training activities, and documents regarding developing country initiatives in EIA.


Email : info [at] envirolink [dot] org

Envirolink is a compilation of comprehensive, up-to-date environmental resources available on the web. Its many links encompass almost all topics related to the environment field. The EIA search produces U.S. Senate Bills on risk assessment as well as analytical papers.

Biomedical & EA Group (BEAG) of Brookhaven National Library

Email : morris [at] bnl [dot] gov

This site provides the address and other pertinent information to contact this library of information regarding the assessment of health and environmental effects. A search for assessment provides a lot of information on risk assessment.

IUCN (The World Conservation Union)

Email : mail [dot] hq,iucn [dot] org

The IUCN homepage is divided into categories for information, people, places and themes related to the organisation's work. Available in French and Spanish, as well as English, this site provides contacts to access the IUCN Library, as well as other resources.

Sierra Club

Email : information [at] sierraclub [dot] org

Sierra Club's homepage contains links to numerous magazines, newsletters, articles and addresses topics such as global warming, environmental education, and various policies. It contains many links to other internet resources.

Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe

The Center's site includes daily environmental news, a long list of publications on many topics, and links to other environmental internet resources. It also includes a few databases such as the Funding Institution Database which contains funding sources for Environmental NGO's. The Regional Environmental Expert Database aims to provide access to environmental expert information and provides profiles on each of them. Qualified environmental experts located in Central and Eastern Europe answer questions to help solve environmental problems and partake in information exchange. There is no search function at this site, which makes information retrieval a bit tedious.

World Bank Homepage

Email : comments [at] www [dot] worlkbank [dot] org

In its "Topics in Development" section, the World Bank's Global Environment Facility contains environmental information, documentation, and publications. It also describes environmental programs and includes many relevant links. A search for environmental assessment provides quite a few documents.

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Email : webmaster [at] nerc [dot] ac [dot] uk

The UK's environmental monitoring network collects, stores, analyses and interprets long-term data based on physical, chemical and biological variables which respond to environmental change. The databases contain a wealth of information and links. The link to environmental servers which can be found under "information sources outside NERC" is excellent.

Environmental Software Services (ESS) GmbH, Austria

Email : info [at] ess [dot] ca [dot] at

This small Austrian research company describes the customised environmental information and decision-support systems that it designs, develops and deploys in its website. The list of environmental sites and gophers provided are quite comprehensive and there is information about the projects and research done for the proposals.

ESSA Software Ltd.

Email : webmaster [at] essa [dot] com

This site contains information regarding ESSA's EIA-support software applications. They have developed the world's first environmental assessment screening expert system Calyx. Their PC-based programs allow users to preview potential environmental impacts before they happen.

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA)

Email : info [at] ceaa [dot] gc [dot] ca

Information on the CEAA is provided on the homepage. There is a public registry of information, links to other environmental assessment sites, and study reports of environmental assessment effectiveness.

World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC)

Email : info [at] wcmc [dot] org [dot] uk

The database found at this website contains locational and lake type information for 1400 large lakes world-wide. It also includes remote-sensing data and conservation information for a selection of lakes and inland seas. Other databases found at this site which could support EA activities include:

  • Protected Areas Virtual Library
  • Desertification Information Network
  • 1994 IUCN List of Threatened Animals
  • 1993 United Nations List of National Parks and Protected Areas

Environmental Treaties and Resource Indicators

Email : ciesin [dot] info [at] ciesin [dot] org

This service is an on-line tool that integrates data about the content and status of international environmental treaties with data about national resource indicators, i.e. national-scale socio-economic, environmental, and earth science variables (including data derived from remote sensing). The environmental treaties and national resource indicators included cover nine global environmental issues: climate change, ozone depletion, air pollution, desertification and drought, conservation of biological diversity, deforestation, oceans and their living resources, trade and the environment, and population.

IEA Greenhouse Gas R & D Programme

Email : mail [at] eiagreen [dot] demon [dot] co [dot] uk

This program is an international collaboration of sixteen countries and three industrial sponsors that identifies means of lowering emissions of greenhouse gases from fossil fuels. The website contains information on the science of global warming, technical solutions for greenhouse gas reductions, the "Greenhouse Issues" newsletter, technical publications, conferences, workshops, the program team's presentations/papers, and links to related homepages.

Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)

Email : ciesin [dot] info [at] ciesin [dot] org

This exceptional website provides information for scientists, decision-makers and the public. CIESIN specialises in network development, scientific data management, decision-making support, training, education and technological consulting. This homepage provides access to numerous scientific databases, information systems and thematic guides to environmental issues such as agriculture, land use, ozone depletion, resource indicators, and even supplies an integrated assessment modelling system for climate change. Mailing lists, information on programs, and links to related sites are also provided.

EPA's Air Pollution Database -- AIRS

Email : link [dot] tom [at] epamail [dot] epa [dot] gov

This is a repository of resources relevant to airborne pollution in various countries. Among the extensive list of resources is data from monitoring systems, a list of air pollution point sources, reference data, illustrative maps and charts, and a technology transfer network.

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management

Email : info [at] www [dot] em [dot] doe [dot] gov

This website contains information on topics related to environmental management, including waste management, environmental restoration, pollution prevention and science and technology.

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Technical Information Services (TIS)

Email : support [at] tis [dot] eh [dot] doe [dot] gov

This website is a collection of information sources related to safety and health. It includes an information center, documents, publications, regulatory information and guidelines, and offers access to several databases. The databases include Populations at Risk to Environmental Pollution, Risk Information Management System, and many others.

Military Technical Reports

Defense Technical Information Center
Attn: DTIC - RSM [Kelly D. Akers, FOIA Manager]
8725 John J. Kingman Road, Suite 0944
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-6128 USA

Phone: 703-767-9194

A list of largely unpublished military technical reports on EIA and related topics may be obtained by writing to this address and stating that you agree to pay a reasonable fee associated with the request. Although you will likely be dissuaded from requesting the list, a computer generated technical report bibliography must be supplied under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. The following keywords are useful:

  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Impact
  • Installation Restoration
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Protection
  • Bioremediation
  • Remediation

3E (Earth's Environmental Experts) Database of Environmental Experts

This database consists of individual experts and specialists in a wide range of professions such as: acoustics, biology, chemistry, climate, conservation, ecology, engineering, environment, hazard and risk, restoration, toxicology, water, wildlife, etc. The database may be searched free of charge.

Groundwater - Bannister Research & Consulting

Email : majordomo [at] ias [dot] champlain [dot] edu

This website provides access to an extensive mailing list (subscribe by e-mailing and typing "subscribe GROUNDWATER"), links to groundwater-related, frequently visited environment and geology websites, a directory of 100 mailing lists and the consulting firm's newsletter.

HSA Research Data Base

Email : hsa [at] echo [dot] on [dot] net

HSA's (Hardy Stevenson and Associates Limited) website intends to collect and distribute high quality social science research and case study experience documenting both positive and negative effects of development, and contains impact assessment case studies, articles, reports, approaches and court cases. Grey research or unpublished consultant research reports on socio-economic impacts are also available, as are back issues of the journal "Impact Assessment" at a small cost. Preliminary on-line impact assessment advice and referrals to other experts is available through e-mail.

Legal Information Institute, Cornell - Environmental Law Materials

Email : lii [at] lii [dot] law [dot] cornell [dot] edu(for general feedback) For more specific enquiries, please see this site's guide to contact information.

This website provides an extensive list of legislation on varying environmental topics such as insecticides, pesticides, tropical forests, the Clean Water Act, Noise Pollution, etc. It also provides other links to Federal Agencies and key internet sources.

Environmental World Wide Web Servers

This is an alphabetical listing of sites to connect to various environmental information sources. It is divided by government, corporate, military, universities, and others. Found under Industrial Opportunity Assessment Databases is information about the Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) Program.

The U.S. House of Representatives Internet Law Library Code of Federal Regulations

Email : gpoaccess [at] gpo [dot] gov

This site contains a searchable database of public regulations issued by agencies of the Federal government.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Federal Register

Email : public_access [at] epamail [dot] epa [dot] gov

Contains the full text of selected Federal Register documents that deal with the environment or environment-related issues. It also contains a daily table of contents of the Federal Register.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program

Email : vhk [at] ornl [dot] gov

This web site conducts research and development in the field of sustainable energy technology. It features descriptions and news about their programs as well as search engines and databases. Information is provided about sustainable technologies that are in the process of development. A search for "environmental assessment" provides a number of relevant documents.

Environment Canada Atlantic Region

Email : warren [dot] gash [at] ec [dot] gc [dot] ca

Under "Environmental Legislation", there are plain-text explanations of legislation administered by Environment Canada, such as Canada Wildlife Act, Canada Water Act, Federal Wetlands Policy, Fisheries Act, etc. This site is not complete as some of the policies are listed (indexed) but not accessible.


Email : webmaster [at] iams [dot] org

This site contains a database of pollution prevention techniques for industry which is still under construction. It contains self-assessments, metal-finishing and chemical related information. The Centre for Applied Environmental Techniques (CAET) division provides information about manufacturing assessments, an environmental hot line and training information. There is a demo available at this site for P2IRIS, which is an internet-based interactive tool designed to show pollution prevention techniques for specific industry sectors. (subscription is free)

Ecological Risk Analysis: Tools and Applications

Email : Brad Sample pz7 [at] ornl [dot] gov

This site provides information that can be used to conduct ecological screening and baseline risk assessments. There is a database of benchmarks for aquatic organisms, wildlife and sediments; guidance documents provided for performing environmental assessments; and links to many other good assessment sites. All information at this site must be downloaded to be accessed. Information contained in this website was prepared by the Environmental Sciences Division and Health Sciences Research Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Argonne National Laboratory EA Division

This website includes information on how Argonne performs environmental assessments, different environmental assessments on which they are working, as well as a list of phone numbers of individuals, within the organisation, to contact for further information.

Directory of Environmental Resources on the Internet

Email : scottj [at] envirosw [dot] com

This website contains an extensive number of listings and links to various environmental resources on the internet such as seminars, courses, education resources such as libraries and reports, consultants and services, links to a handful of environmental sites, and links to legislative information.

Virtual Library - Sustainable Development

Email : Bruno Kestemont bkest [at] ulb [dot] ac [dot] be

Maintained by the Université Libre de Bruxelles, this site contains a list of links to organisations, projects/activities, up-coming events, libraries, documents/references, electronic journals, databases, and other relevant sites. There is also a helpful starting point as the lists of links are quite long.

GZA GeoEnvironmental Technologies, Inc.

Email : webmaster [at] gzea [dot] com

There is a fair amount of information provided at this website. It is a quick-load homepage for professionals in the environmental field. As well, there are many environmental databases that can be accessed on subjects such as Pollutant Release Inventory, Emergency Response Notification, and Remediation Technologies.


There are many helpful links at this website including a global environmental law link, headlines of current events every two weeks, and a corporate watchlink. This watchlink is a watchdog website dedicated to monitoring transnationals.

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Email : info [at] iisd [dot] ca

The IISD homepage contains many documents regarding sustainable development, including ISO14000 information. There is a search function with the ability to choose a specific country, and an environmental impact assessment database.

Central European Environmental Data Request Facility (CEDAR)

Email : webmaster [at] cedar [dot] univie [dot] ac [dot] at

This website includes an environmental impact assessment (EIA) links database, listing EIA documents and other articles.

G7 Environmental and Natural Resources Management (ENRM)

Email : ceo [dot] helpdesk [at] jrc [dot] it

This website contains a global virtual distributed library of ENRM data and resources. It is a free service that allows for on-line registration and interactive editing of records for global environmental information resources. It also provides an international directory of environmentalists to which all ENRM users belong. A search for "environmental assessment" provides a guidance manual for environmental data needed for public health assessment and a link to the Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network. There are also links to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) and others.

United States Environmental Protection Agency and Purdue University Software for Environmental Awareness

Email : reshkin [dot] karen [at] epamail [dot] epa [dot] gov

This address contains more than 40 environmental software programs from USEPA. It offers free interactive software, including Risk Assessment and Environmental Assessment. (These programs can be uncompressed using PKUNZIP version 2.04c or later. Software programs require an IBM or IBM-compatible computer with a hard drive and high density (HD or 2HD) diskette drive).

Environmental Assessment Resource Guide (EARG) is a generic source of information to help one conduct EAs for many types of projects. "Scoping", generation of alternatives, impact identification and analysis, mitigation and decision-making are among the topics covered. The World Bank's Mitigation Tables are also included. (This program requires Windows V.3.1)

Comparative Risk Assessment outlines the history and methodology of comparative risk assessment. Case studies and information sources are provided. It provides a framework for prioritising environmental problems and is suited for a wide range of users.

Bibliography of Biodiversity Assessment Methodologies

Updated monthly, this website provides a large bibliography of assessment methodologies. A search for "impact assessment" provides many helpful resources.

Canada's Local Government Information Centre

Email : mafar [at] icurr [dot] org

The ICURR (Intergovernmental Committee on Urban & Regional Research) Database, under a search for "environmental assessment" provides descriptions of environmental assessments, their location, etc. There are also applicable reports and research that are accessible. There are electronic conferences that can be participated in and a library loan available to ICURR members. (Note that membership carries a fee)

Government of British Colombia: Environmental Assessment Office

Email : eainfo [at] galaxy [dot] gov [dot] bc

This website contains a project registry that details cases and explains the EAA and its reference to the case. In some cases, a timeline, documents, and contacts are released. There is a guide to the British Colombia Environmental Assessment Process, as well as general information regarding the EA Act and its process.

The Green Lane

Email : thegreenlane [at] ec [dot] igc [dot] ica

Green Lane is a product of Environment Canada that provides information about the new EPA. There is also a State of Canada's Environmental Infobase that contains a search function and environmental fact sheets. A search for "environmental assessment" will retrieve descriptions of methodologies, discussions about implementation, etc. There is information from the Federal Environmental Assessment Review Office, as well as links to numerous EA sites.

Audit Master

This website provides information about Audit Master, a Windows program that aids in auditing to ISO9000 or other quality standards. This software helps implement a "simple, yet effective, method of tracking and eliminating problems". There are many other software programs described, including calibrated equipment control, non-conformance tracking, self-assessment, and others.


Email : webmaster [at] fieldworker [dot] com

This site provides information about this product which aids outdoor data collection and assessment. It is a hand held computer into which data can be entered and stored. Each observation made in the field is tagged with latitude and longitude information.

OIPEA Home Page 

This home page includes industrial assessment databases among its many resources. There is a listing of schools that have U.S. DOE funded Industrial Assessment Centres, and information about special projects.

Tellus Institute

Email : info [at] tellus [dot] org

This site has a Risk Analysis feature which contains articles on the following: Total Cost Assessment, Life-Cycle Assessment, Environmental Justice, Eco-efficient Initiative, and others.

Canadian Centre for Inland Waters

This site contains information on the Great Lakes, freshwater ecological monitoring and assessment network, and a host of other inland water-related topics.

Resource Renewal Institute (RRI)

Email : webmaster [at] rri [dot] org

RRI promotes Green Plans, which are long-term comprehensive environmental strategies, as the path to a sustainable environment and economy. RRI promotes partnerships between government and industry. There is an environmental atlas that can be used as a tool for researching environmental policy world-wide. It is a quick and easy way to access general information about a country. WWW links for each country are also provided. This could be a helpful tool to begin background information gathering for an environmental assessment.

EnviroLink Library

Email : support [at] envirolink [dot] org

EnviroLink is a comprehensive resource of environmental information. A search for "Environmental Impact Assessment" provides many helpful resources.

Environmental Damage Valuation & Cost Benefit News (EDV & CBN)

Email : kenacks [at] delphi [dot] com

This site features a text version of their newsletter, which is helpful for estimating damages, costs, benefits, and risks. There is also a large number of valuable links to other sites.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

This is an excellent site to find current environmental information. New sites are posted every few days and about four months are posted at a time. Other sites with EPA information and a search function of EPA materials can be accessed in the "What's Hot..." section.

Risk World

Email : abbott [at] usit [dot] net

Risk assessment and management information, news stories, reports, books, library abstracts, organisations, calendar of events, software information, positions wanted and positions available, lists of upcoming courses or workshops, and information about grants or fellowships are contained within this website .

Environmental Protection Online

Email : webmaster [at] eponline [dot] com

In order to access information from this site, the user must sign up, at no cost, by e-mailing "webmaster [at] eponline [dot] com", and must be running Netscape Navigator (or any forms capable browser). This site contains environmental protection yellow pages, a calendar of events, a virtual market place to find products, hotlinks, and spec sheets.

Remediation Service, International

Email : rsi [at] rsi-save [dot] com

This company has created a unique and innovative approach to soil and groundwater remediation using many environment-friendly techniques and processes. This is an excellent site to consider when assessing a site for clean-up.


Email : webdev [at] enviroaccess [dot] ca

Enviro-Access is a non-profit network of experts committed to the service of the Environmental Industry. They have technical fact sheets on items such as site decontamination, treatment of air and gas, of wastewater and filtrates, etc. There is also an on-line searchable environmental database of information from Quebec, and information is provided about a Matchmaking Forum that connects/matches Canadian and foreign environmental companies.

Environmental, Safety and Health Information Center

Email : support [at] tis [dot] eh [dot] doe [dot] gov

This site combines information technologies and services to facilitate access to quality environmental, safety and health information. There is a substantial amount of information available at this site.

UNEP - Industry and Environment

Email : unepie [at] unep [dot] fr

Located in Paris, the centre's mission is to promote cleaner and safer industrial production and consumption. This site provides information about the following program areas (as well as others): prevention of industrial accidents and minimisation of impacts (APELL), environmental management and pollution control of selected high-risk sectors, preventative strategies for cleaner and more efficient production, environmental technology assessment, outreach to industry to stimulate dialogue and initiatives on sustainable development. There are two databases available, one of which is called the International Cleaner Production Information Clearinghouse, which provides information about clean technologies. One can obtain answers to questions by fax (33-1) 44 37 14 74, mail, or e-mail (unepie [at] unep [dot] fr). Allow 1 - 2 weeks for a response as there is minimal staff assigned to this activity.

National Council for Science and the Environment

Email : cnie [at] cnie [dot] org

This site includes the National Library for the Environment, which contains congressional research service reports. This site is still under construction, but when completed, there will be an encyclopaedia and in depth issues. There is a search function which is very helpful, and there are links to many good sites, which are organised by topics.

Connor Development Services Ltd.

Connor Development Services Ltd. is a consulting service that assists proponents to design, staff, manage, and evaluate public consultation programs and SIA studies. The library section has a document on SIA information, which is an excerpt from a book. It is a case study of the application of Participative Approach to SIA and Management

Software for Environmental Awareness

Email : reshkin [dot] karen [at] epamail [dot] epa [dot] gov

This site provides abstracts describing a number of different programs that are available, as well as who to contact for more information. Two of the more relevant programs are Farstead Risk Assessment and Risk Assessment.

Global Programme of Action (GPA)

Email : eisinfo [at] unep [dot] org

Go to the above address and then click on GPA. This site has been established by UNEP to raise awareness on the GPA and to facilitate access to the GPA information clearing-house. The clearing-house is a referral system through which decision-makers, the general public and other interested parties, are provided with access to current sources of information, as well as scientific and technical expertise, relevant to developing and implementing strategies to deal with the impacts of land-based activities. The electronic data directory contains information regarding such topics as: persistent organic pollutants (POPs), heavy metals, nutrients, physical alteration and destruction of habitat, etc.

International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA)

This website contains information regarding IAIA, as well as direct links to professional internet sites (such as the Australian EIA Network, International Rivers Network, Econet, etc.), the Impact Assessment Journal, and the IAIA Newsletter. Its resources section covers ten areas in impact assessment, including risk assessment, social impact assessment, policy assessment and training.

Australian EIA Network

Email : eianetwork [at] dest [dot] gov [dot] au

The EIA Network contains many resources. There is information regarding legislation and agreements, case studies, contacts for practitioners in the commonwealth and state/territory governments, information about EIA in Australia, EIA training resources, and links to other environmental servers.

Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC)

Email : WEDC [at] lboro [dot] ac [dot] uk

This site contains many resources. There is a keyword search available, and a section on education and training. The research and consultancy section contains summaries of projects which might be useful for contacts in order to obtain help with similar projects. "Specialist area of professional interest" provides information on what WEDC is doing and concerned with in each particular area, organisation they have worked with, and contact information. Specialist areas include: water supply, sanitation, urban infrastructure, wastewater, irrigation, groundwater, solid waste, relief for refugees, management, the environment. GARNET (Global Applied Research Network), found under "Selected Links", links research workers throughout the world. It lists a number of different networks, but these networks are solely concerned with applied research and are only for researchers.

WEDC Publications Page

Email : WEDC [at] lboro [dot] ac [dot] uk

This site contains a few on-line sites and a number of documents that can be purchased. Two of the on-line publications looked relevant. WATSAN 2000: Universal access to water and sanitation by the year 2000 - these are the proceedings from the oreintation/training workshop for water and sanitation staff. The above mentioned document, On-Plot Sanitation for Low-Income Urban Communities, is also available here.

Canadian Global Change Program

The Canadian Global Change Program promotes sustainable development through its provision of advice on global change. The internet site serves this purpose by providing numerous publications on line, many of which would be useful for related EIA work. Topics include climate change, the reduction of greenhouse gases, and ecological research and monitoring. Issues relating to policy, research, education, solutions and the implications of global change on human health are discussed. Of particular interest are the featured assessment reports produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development

Email : green-report [at] oag_bvg [dot] gc [dot] ca

The Commissioner's homepage includes a report from the Auditor General of Canada concerning Environmental Management Systems from a principle-based perspective. The report is concerned with the planning, implementation and evaluation of these systems, and includes a section which addresses the identification and assessment of environmental impacts of activities, products and services in relation to established environmental policies.

Earth Council

Email : eci [at] terra [dot] ecouncil [dot] ac [dot] cr

The Earth Council mandate includes the development of an international network that promotes collaborative action supporting sustainable development in all sectors. This exceptional website fulfils the mandate in its provision of a wide range of information relating to the recent 1997 Rio+5 forum, as well as on-line databases, and NGO exchange, and an electronic forum. It features topics related to EIA, such as participatory mechanisms for decision-making, mechanisms for mediation and problem-solving, the implementation of sustainable development and various other subject areas.

Cumulative Environmental Effects Cross-Referenced Annotated Bibliography

This exceptional site was produced and is maintained by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. It provides an extensive, up-to-date listing of cumulative environmental effects and cumulative effects assessment literature. A description of all documents reviewed by the agency is given. The literature is categorized into sections: Concepts and Theoretical Issues, Research Programs/Agendas and Information Sources, Legal Issues/Institutional Analysis/Policy, Methodology, Specific type of Environment or Environmental Effect, Sectors (subdivided), and Locations.

Environment Canada in the Prairie and Northern Region

Email : wendy [dot] tibbatts [at] ec [dot] gc [dot] ca

The environmental assessment section of this web site begins by providing an overview of Canadian federal environmental assessment. In this section, information regarding the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, interjurisdictional harmonisation, the public registry and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is presented. Other sections describe Environment Canada's roles and responsibilities within that process and the public submissions for specific projects. Specific information related to appropriate contacts in various parts of the world is also provided.

International Association for Public Participation (IAP2)

Email : iap2hq [at] pin [dot] org

This site provides membership and conference information, an employment bulletin board, conference and workshop information specific to certain areas. Links to international chapters are also provided. Of particular interest is the virtual library of public participation literature.

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Email : General Enquiries - nixb [at] ebrd [dot] com

Project Enquiries - nicholsl [at] ebrd [dot] com

Publications requests - bupsdesk [at] ebrd [dot] com

In its "The Environment" section, this site contains information about the availability of EIA's to the public and environmental policies and procedures. Than Bank's environmental appraisal process is described. Guidebooks are available.

EIA Review

Email : ejohnson [at] ecosite [dot] co [dot] uk

This site gives information about the EIA Review publication. It includes contact and subscription information. The EIA Review addresses EIA theory, method, legislation and practice.

Institute of Environmental Assessment

The Institute of Environmental Assessment's page contains a listing of available publications, extracts from ea magazine (which provides a discussion of a wide range of EIA topics), as well as membership information, links to conference proceedings and a link to the Green Channel which is a more general environmental site.

The Australian Centre for the Environment

This site contains links to Environmental Law Faculties at Australian Universities and Environmental Law pages for many international organizations such as the United Nations. The search function of this page produces a long list of EIA documents. ACEL newsletters can also be accessed.

Electronic Development and Environment System

This site is posted by the British Library for Development Studies. This site allows the visitor to search for EIA online material, to access recent EIA publication listings and to link to hundreds of environmental organizations. Contact people for specific issues are also identified. This site provides an excellent source of environment related and EIA material.

Malaysian Department of Environment - EIA Homepage

This page describes the purpose and procedures for EIA in Malaysia in a clear, step by step manner. It describes the preliminary assessment, detailed assessment and the EIA Review Process. Also on this site is a link to Malaysian Environmental Laws and Requirements page, a guideline for submitting EIA reports and a listing of Environmental Publications.

Indonesian Environmental Impact Management Agency

This site includes a Profile of the Agency and an environmental directory to Indonesian environment services, technologies and policies. Environmental News and Publications are also available.

Environment, Nuclear Safety and Civil Protection- The European Commission

This site provides guidelines on how to prepare EIA documents. Guides include the "Screening Guide", "Scoping Guide" and "Review Checklist". There is also a description of the EIA process and case studies. A list of references is provided, also with a link to European EIA contacts.

Asian Development Bank

Email : adpub [at] mail [dot] asiandevbank [dot] org

This page consists of a link to a listing of Environmental Assessment Reports of ADB projects. These reports are available to the public free of charge upon request.

Environmental Organization Web Directory

This site contains links to sites on a large variety of environmental issues. The search function for Environmental Assessment yields a number of references to consulting firms, government agencies and Universities who deal with EA.

EIA Association, Hamm, Germany

Email : foerderverein [at] t-online [dot] de

This site contains membership and organizational information about the German EIA association. There is a list of associated groups and a link to the "EIA Centre" in Hamm.

EIA Unit, Aberystwyth, UK

This page is the homepage for the EIA Unit in Aberystwyth. The site includes EIA course information for fulltime and distance learning classes. It is possible to access faculty information and information about consultancy and research services. The unit also releases an EIA newsletter.

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Email : webmaster [at] oecd [dot] org

This site contains useful information about sustainable development and international development assistance. There is a search function on the site that will display several documents regarding environmental assessment. There is also an "environmental issues" section under "Activities" that includes a long list of information on various environmental topics.

Report on Environmental Assessment

This page contains the Final Report on an international study on Environmental Assessment. The report is entitled Environmental Assessment in a Changing World: Evaluating Practice to Improve Performance and was prepared by Barry Sadler.

Impact Assessment Unit at Oxford Brookes University

The Impact Assessment Unit at OBU is a well established centre for research, training, and consultancy in the field of EIA in the UK. The IAU site provides details of the centre's research activities, EIA publications, training courses and EIA practice updates. Details of postgraduate EIA courses at OBU and links to EIA resources on the web are also provided.

Earthscan Publications

Email : earthinfo [at] earthscan [dot] co [dot] uk

Earthscan publishes a wide variety of books on the environment and on sustainable development. Earthscan distributes worldwide. Their website provides descriptions of Earthscan books and publications, which can be ordered on-line.

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Primer

This document, issued by CSIR in Africa, defines what SEA is, identifies what makes SEA strategic and different from EIA, and describes opportunities and constraints to the application of SEA. It aims to contribute to the development a nd application of SEA methods appropriate to South Africa.


This Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) site contains the full text of the U.S. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), regulations for implementing NEPA from CEQ and various U.S. Agencies, links to Agency NEPA web sites, guidance from CEQ on scoping, a study of NEPA's effectiveness, general information on filing an EIS, and other CEQ material. There is also a CEQ paper entitled "Considering Cumulative Effects Under the National Environmental Policy Act".

Considering Cumulative Effects Under NEPA

This is a document produced by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) concerning the consideration of cumulative effects in analyses prepared under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). It introduces the issue of cumulative effects, outlines general principles, presents useful steps, and provides information on methods of cumulative effects analysis and data sources.


Email: iinfo [at] envirsources [dot] com

EnvirosourcesTM is a environmental reference system that analyzes, describes, organizes and locates sources for environmental information, products, and services from both internet and non-internet sources. The system is continually up dated and delivered via the Internet. Further information and sample searches can be found at this site.


EnviroText is an online, searchable library of Federal and State environment, safety, and health requirements; Native American laws, treaties, and contacts; and Congressional information.

Enviromine- Environmental Technology for mining

Email : infodata [at] info-mine [dot] com

This is a comprehensive site dealing with many environmental<:f><:f,2timesnewroman,> aspects of mining such as mining environmental publications, mining environmental technology and much more. It includes the Enviromine mailing list intended to stimulate discussions on mining- related environmental issues.

U.S. Global Change Research Office

Email : help [at] gcrio [dot] org

This site provides information and links concerning atmospheric CO2 , stratospheric ozone, and related global environmental issues.

Southern Africa Environment Page

The Southern Africa Environment Page covers a wide range of issues involving EIA and keeps the visitor posted on legal, policy, and project developments.

Carbon Dioxide Information and Analysis Center (CDIAC)

Email : cdiac [at] ornl [dot] gov

This site is a World Data Center maintained by the U.S. Department of Energy. It is a useful link related to global environmental issues such as atmospheric CO2 , U.S. climate data, global climate data, global and national CO2 emissions from fossil-fuel combustion, and more. This site allows you to order back issues of CDIAC Communications, a newsletter about CDIAC projects, changes, and other CDIAC news.

Center for Energy and Environmental Analysis (CEEA)

Email : uxj [at] ornl [dot] gov

This site allows the visitor to read up on recent and ongoing CEEA projects and programs, and to view a list of CEEA publications. It also provides links to internet resources useful in the field of environmental analysis and assessment.

ORNL Environmental Sciences Division

Email : webmaster [at] www [dot] esd [dot] ornl [dot] gov

ORNL Environmental Sciences Division (ESD) homepage contains informative documents regarding the ESD's major programs, projects, and facilities. This page, full of environmentally-related information, provides links to Environment-related societies, Environmental Science Journals, and to other useful environmental sites.

Guidelines for EIA in the Arctic

The Arctic EIA guidelines site allows the visitor to view the EIA guidelines and procedures of many different countries. Also available on this site are registration forms to conferences covering such topics as 'Nordic Hydrology' and ' Deicing and Dustbinding-Risk to Aquifers'.

Decision Process Guidebook

Email: dholz [at] do [dot] usbr [dot] gov

The Decision Process Guidebook site discusses a series of steps and related concepts ( ie. politics, agendas, change partnership, etc.) used to help government agencies make and implement effective decisions regarding environmental and economic issues.

Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance

Hong Kong has established the website for their EIA Ordinance. This site includes Hong Kong's legislative framework, their latest project profile, and their latest EIA report. Application forms regarding EIA reports and permits, and appeal forms regarding summons to a witness and notice of appeal by an environmental permit holder can be accessed from this site.

Environment Canada

'The Green Lane on the Information Highway' homepage offers the user information on climate change, clean air and water, and nature. This site also informs you of environmental products and services and provides links to other environmentally-related sites

EIA Centre, Brussels, Belgium

This is the Human Ecology Department homepage which includes their EIA Centre. The EIA centre is involved in environmental auditing, life cycle assessment, and sustainable development research.


The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) strives to "protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment". The user will be able to access information on news and events, projects and programs, law and regulations, and publications.

New Brunswick

This New Brunswick environment homepage, available in both French and English, offers information on the Clean Air Act, EIA, air quality index, and other public information regarding the environment.

Bureau d'audience publique sur l'environnement (BAPE)

Email : communication [at] bape [dot] gouv [dot] qc [dot] ca

This site is only available in French. Le Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement (BAPE) a pour mission d'informer et de consulter le population sur des questions relatives à l'environnement. Le site offrit l'information général, les lois et règlements, les règles de procédure, et plus.

ÉcoRoute de information

Email: ecoroute [at] uqcn [dot] qc [dot] ca

The ÉcoRoute de l'information (ecological highway) is an internet site designed as a permanent showcase for the environment and sustainable development. The information on this site focuses on the Quebec environment, including environmental expertise and services, and is mostly in French. This site also provides links to other environmental sites.

France, Ministère environnement


The France Ministère de l'Environnement homepage is offered in French, English, and German. On this site you will find lots of information on Frances' environmental departments, such as the Water Resources Department, the Department for the Prevention of Pollution and Risks, and the Department of Nature and Landscapes.

Luxembourg, Ministère environnment

Email: patrick [at] grivet [at] mev [dot] etat [dot] lu

This bilingual site allows the user to access information on environmental legislation, recycling, and more. It also provides links to the 'environmental hotlist' and other WWW servers in Luxembourg.

Quebec Association for Impact Assessment (AQEI)

Email : mondorf [at] aqei [dot] qc [dot] ca

Find out 'what's new' on this bilingual site (available in French and English) and learn more about impact assessment.

Standards Council of Canada

The Standards Council of Canada offers on-line issues of 'Consensus Magazine'. This magazine covers many environmental issues.

Enda Tiers Monde

Email : enda [at] enda [dot] sn

Enda Tiers Monde (Environmental Development Action in the Third World) is an international organization with diplomatic status based in Dakar, Senegal. On this site you will find general information and Enda teams and programs.

Greenpeace International

The Greenpeace International webpage provides lots of information on environmentally-related issues, such as toxins, climate, forests, and genetic engineering. On this site you will also find the latest news and a chat site.

Les Amis de la Terre

Visit this site to find out what Les Amis de la Terre (Friends of the Earth) are up to in their fight to protect the environment.


Email: webmaster [at] rri [dot] org

The Network for Environment and Sustainable Development (NESDA) webpage provides information on Africa's mission to achieve environmentally sustainable development. This site includes their strategy, activities, background, and publications. This site is also available in French.

Union québécoise pour la conservation de la nature

This site, available in French only, allows you to learn more about the Quebec environment through on-line publications and reports. There are also links to ÉcoRoute and to the sites of other environmental groups.

Sistema de Evaluación de Impacto Ambiental (SEIA)

This environmental impact assessment (EIA) site from Chile provides a variety of information concerning different aspects of the EIA system, projects in Chile that underwent EIAs, as well as news about seminars, current projects, and how to initiate an EIA in Chile. This Spanish site also answers frequently asked questions about EIA and provides users with a forum for comments and discussions.

Netherlands Commission for Environmental Impact Assessment Development Cooperation Department

Email: info [at] eia [dot] nl

This site provides information concerning the actions and purpose of the Netherlands Commission for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), the full text of the advisory reports by the Commission, links to other EIA web sites, EIA country profiles and a listing of their publications.

South Asian Regional Environment Assessment Association (SAREAA)

Email: reap [at] iucn [dot] wlink [dot] com [dot] np

The main purpose of SAREAA is to build the environmental impact assessment (EIA) capacity of the South Asian countries through establishing and strengthening an independent institutional network that promotes an effective use of impact assessment techniques for integrating environment and development. This web site carries information on the professional network of EIA Practitioners in South Asia, the background, objectives and outcomes of SAREAA, as well as useful tools such as news bulletin, an experts' directory, the SAREAA constitution, and a listing of their activities.
Biodiversity Observations on the Internet (BIO) 

BirdLife International

Business and Biodiversity resource centre

Center for Biological Diversity

Comisión Centroamericana De Ambientey Desarrollo

Convention on Biological Diversity (general)

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Convention on Migratory Species

Energy and Biodiversity Initiative (EBI)

Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network

International Institute for Sustainable Development: Biodiversity & Wildlife

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (IT IS)

2003 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment

Ramsar Convention

Resource Identification for a Biological Collection Information Service in Europe

1997 United Nations List of Protected Areas

World Conservation Monitoring Centre

Environmental Impact Assessment Software

A number of expert/knowledge-based systems have been developed for EIA and as in any new field the approaches have been as diverse as the problems they have attempted to solve.


Software for environmental impact assessment used on a number of projects in Italy, including the Mantua ring road and the Val Chiavenna tourism development plan.


A Canadian knowledge-based system for the review of environmental impacts, which can also be used by non-experts to critique EISs.


An expert system for environmental assessment developed by the Department of Civic Design, University of Liverpool, UK.


It is based on the Canadian Environmental Assessment and review process.


It is based on the Japanese Shiga prefectural government procedures for environmental assessment.

IMPACT: An Expert System for Environmental Impact Assessment

A screening tool for compliance with the US National Environmental Policy Act of construction projects.


It has been specifically designed by ESSA Software Limited (working with international and local EIA experts) to assist EIA practitioners in the Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries. CALYX-ADB provides assistance with screening, scoping, identifying key issues and impacts and developing monitoring requirements and mitigation measures to attach to approvals.


ECOZONE has been developed for FAO Training Service, Policy Analysis Division, Rome by Gareth Edwards-Jones and Martin Gough at SAC Edinburgh in 1994.This system is intended for increasing the environmental awareness of development project planners. It can be used to indicate possible potential problems associated with certain types of project in a particular ecozone. it is not intended as a field tool for predicting the environmental impacts of a particular project in a specific situation.

This program divides the topics up into six areas depending on their altitude (upland, lowland or coastal) and the level of precipitation (humid or arid). The program is, therefore, very general at present. However, it would be relatively easy to reprogram the system to include knowledge about more specific areas, for example, semi-arid areas or temperate regions - provided such knowledge was available and could be collated.

A major purpose of the system is to encourage planners and others to consider the external consequences of development projects, but it is also intended as a method of pooling the expertise of the same professionals for future use.


The software package would assist the project team in planning and executing EIA studies. The software is a menu driven package developed for PC environment in Quick Basic 4.5. EIA-AID is stand-alone package and can work on PC-XT with monochrome monitor. However, to harness the best features, PC-386 with EGA monitor is desirable.

Developed by: National Environmental Engineering Research Institute - Nagpur 

Canadian Environmental Assessment Act

This software is designed to help you as a CIDA officer, with tasks that are related to environmental assessment under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act Job Aid.

Environmental Assessment Resource Guide

EARG is a generic source of information to help one conduct environmental assessments of virtually any type of project. Topics covered include scoping, generation of alternatives, impact identification and analysis, mitigation, decision making and post-decision analysis. Of particular interest are the World Bank Mitigation Tables which treat a variety of project types. SVGA photos enhance and illustrate this landmark program.

Environmental Software Gabi 4

GaBi 4 provides solutions for different problems regarding cost, environment, social and technical criteria, optimisation of processes and managing your external representation.