The role of environmental assessment (EA) in Iranian water management

Khosravi, Fatemeh ORCID: 0000-0002-3453-1729, Jha-Thakur, Urmila and Fischer, Thomas B ORCID: 0000-0003-1436-1221
(2019) The role of environmental assessment (EA) in Iranian water management. IMPACT ASSESSMENT AND PROJECT APPRAISAL, 37 (1). pp. 57-70.

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In this paper, we reflect on the effectiveness of environmental assessment (EA for e.g. projects, policies, plans and programmes) in Iranian water management. Urmia Lake Basin (ULB) is used as a case study area and the extent to which EA appears to be delivering environmental protection objectives is established. Data were collected using document analyses, semi-structured interviews with local experts and site visits. It is established that activities are restricted to project level EIA (environmental impact assessment) and that EA is not able to address and mitigate the negative effects of extensive water exploitation through dam- and well building. Strengthening EIA legislation as well as introducing SEA is suggested as a possible way to address shortcomings, in particular with regard to addressing cumulative and wider basin effects.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: EA effectiveness, water, Urmia Lake, Iran
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2018 14:08
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2023 01:14
DOI: 10.1080/14615517.2018.1526998
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