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WAYS TO IMPROVE APPRAISAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS

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A new report surveying the range of guidance available to policy ...
A new report surveying the range of guidance available to policy

makers on when and how to carry out environmental assessments of

specific policies and programmes has been welcomed by environment

minister Michael Meacher.

The independent report, entitled Review of Technical Guidance on

Environmental Appraisal concludes that whilst considerable guidance

is available internationally, there are two main gaps:

- more technical guidance is needed in some areas. The government has

already acted to help plug this gap, and will as a result initiate

projects with private sector contractors to provide the level of

guidance material required;

- most existing guidance relates to projects, rather than policies

and programmes which need somewhat different techniques to help

decision makers screen for potential environmental impacts.

In a written answer to a parliamentary question Mr Meacher said:

'This report from Professor David Pearce makes a highly

constructive contribution to the pursuit of better environmental

appraisal in decision making. Through its analysis of existing

guidance, it will be of use not just to the UK government, but to all

who want to consider the environmental impacts of decision making.

The government accepts the conclusions about the areas where further

work would be useful - green ministers are discussing the best way to

address these, notably in the area of policy appraisal.'

NOTES

In a written answer to a parliamentary question from Colin Burgon

(Elmet), Mr Meacher said:

'DETR commissioned a report, from consultants EFTEC under the

leadership of Prof David Pearce, which is published today under the

title Review of Technical Guidance on Environmental Appraisal. This

important report surveys the range of environmental appraisal

guidance methodologies available internationally and points the way

to the right technique for appraising different types of decisions.

The report concludes that considerable guidance is available, but

identifies areas where more guidance would be useful to

practitioners. DETR is therefore commissioning work in these areas to

make good this gap.

'Firstly, more technical guidance is needed in some areas. The

Government will initiate projects with private sector contractors to

provide guidance material on Undertaking Multicriteria Analysis and

on Undertaking Contingent Valuation, which should be of potential use

both in DETR and other departments.

'Secondly, most existing guidance relates to projects, and somewhat different techniques are needed to help decision makers screen policies and programmes for potential environmental impacts. The government agrees with this finding, and may develop further the guidance that has already been made available to staff.

'This report from David Pearce makes a highly constructive contribution to the pursuit of better environmental appraisal in decision making. Through its analysis of existing guidance, it will be of use not just to the UK government, but to all who want to consider the environmental impacts of decision-making. The government accepts the conclusions about the areas where further work would be useful - green ministers are discussing the best way to address these, notably in the area of policy appraisal.'

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