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Cumulative effects assessment requirements in selected developed and developing countries


Research in cumulative effects assessment (CEA) is advancing in many ways; however, gaps between normative expectations and regulatory approaches remain in many jurisdictions. This chapter profiles CEA requirements and practice in eight countries – Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ghana, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria and the United Kingdom – and discusses implications for practice effectiveness internationally. Overall, national governments are largely responsible for setting legal frameworks; however, each country differs in terms of requirements, scope, approach and capacity. Experience in developed countries is more advanced when it comes to sector-based innovations, industry-led guidance, and peer review and evaluation. Though capacity is reportedly limited, there has been a shift toward explicit legal provisions for higher-order environmental assessments such as strategic environmental assessment and regional environmental assessment for better CEA outcomes in some developing countries. A systems perspective to CEA legislation, consistent interpretation of provisions by courts and strong political leadership are required to facilitate better practice.

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Olagunju, Ayodele
Appiah, Divine
Cavalcanti, Paulina Maria Porto Silva
Durning, Bridget
Tejeda-Gonzalez, Juan Carlos
MacLean, Jason
Morgan, Richard
Nelson, Rebecca

Oxford Brookes departments

School of the Built Environment


Year of publication: 2021
Date of RADAR deposit: 2019-12-04

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This RADAR resource is the Accepted Manuscript of Cumulative effects assessment requirements in selected developed and developing countries
This RADAR resource is Part of Handbook of cumulative impact assessment [ISBN: 9781783474011] / edited by Jill A.E. Blakley and Daniel M. Franks.


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