Thesis: An Examination of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) practices for effectively addressing climate change issues: A case study of Southeast Asia
One of the key challenges of the 21st century is climate change. Scientists the world over are concerned with identifying the root causes of climatic changes and providing solutions to thwart further impacts on our climatic system. Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) are currently used for natural resource management and environmental protection, and provide a tool for addressing some of these roots causes drawing on policies and procedures already in use. What remains unknown, however, is the extent to which current EIA policies and procedures can be used to address the root causes of climate change.
The purpose of this research is to understand how EIA currently addresses climate change around the world to enhance the future use of these types of assessments in Southeast Asian Countries. The steps in this process include a global examination of the current state of climate change related efforts in EIA practices, the identification of potential solutions to strengthen EIAs as a tool to address climate change and the recommendation of practical solutions to enhance EIAs in Southeast Asia.
Why my research is important
Scientific research has identified that climate change is influenced by a system of positive feedback fuelled by Greenhouse Gas emissions among others. EIAs however, provide a potential tool for address greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental catalysts of climate change. With over 130 countries participating in the EIA process the potential to address the root causes of pollution and environmental degradation is great. However, to move forward, an understanding of how to guide policy and regulation, and project based processes (screening, scoping, public participation, and mitigation) is essential to strengthening EIAs for address climate change related issues.