An environmental assessment is a systematic process that ensures the biodiversity implications for the site of a project or planning proposal are taken into account before decisions are made.
The environmental assessment process involves reporting on the likely effects on the biodiversity, undertaking a public consultation exercise on the report (where necessary), taking these comments and the report into account when making the final decision and finally informing the public of that decision.
An environmental assessment is typically called for during:
There are three main steps (follow the links below):
If consulted sufficiently early in project planning, biodiversity information hosted on the BGIS website can make an important contribution to an efficient and informed planning process. These benefits include: