Biodiversity in environmental assessment: current practice and tools for prediction
2006 (English)In: Environmental impact assessment review, ISSN 0195-9255, E-ISSN 1873-6432, Vol. 26, no 3, 268-286 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Habitat loss and fragmentation are major threats to biodiversity. Environmental impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment are essential instruments used in physical planning to address such problems. Yet there are no well-developed methods for quantifying and predicting impacts of fragmentation on biodiversity. In this study, a literature review was conducted on GIS-based ecological models that have potential as prediction tools for biodiversity assessment. Further, a review of environmental impact statements for road and railway projects from four European countries was performed, to study how impact prediction concerning biodiversity issues was addressed. The results of the study showed the existing gap between research in GIS-based ecological modelling and current practice in biodiversity assessment within environmental assessment.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 26, no 3, 268-286 p.
environmental impact assessment; biodiversity assessment; GIS-based ecological modelling; prediction tools; strategic environmental assessment; road and railway projects
Other Environmental Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-8531DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2005.09.001ISI: 000236979200004ScopusID: 2-s2.0-33645851034OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-8531DiVA: diva2:13881
QC 201507212008-05-272008-05-272015-07-21Bibliographically approved