Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) aims to identify possible risks to the environment (social, economic, biodiversity) that may result from a proposed action. This information is then used to recommend whether to proceed with the action and, if so, on what conditions.
The critical issues are the magnitude of effects and the inherent risks that need to be adequately addressed.
DPM Envirosciences adopts the principles of EIA advocated by the Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council (ANZECC), being:
- to ensure decisions are taken following timely and sound environmental advice
- to encourage and provide opportunities for public participation in environmental aspects of proposals, before decisions are taken
- to ensure that proponents of proposals take primary responsibility for protection of the environment relating to their proposals
- to facilitate environmentally sound proposals by minimising adverse impacts and maximising benefits to the environment
- to provide a basis for ongoing environmental management such as through the results of monitoring, and
- to promote awareness and education in environmental values.