The aim of an EIA is to protect the receiving environment by ensuring consenting authorities are aware of the likely or potential significant effects of a project or development. This enables consenting authorities to take such effects into consideration during the process.
An EIA can also ensure the public are in a position to participate in the decision-making process concerning developments that have the potential to impact them.
The topic of socio-economics often forms a key part of the Environmental Statement – it is one of the few topics that can demonstrate significant beneficial effects resulting from a project or development.
This often means there is scope to discuss enhancements of such beneficial effects, which acts as a counterweight to the need to mitigate the negative effects assessed under many other topics.
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